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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 21, 2020
Erica H. MacDonald
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Monticello Man Charged With Arson of Minneapolis Bank

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a felony information charging ALEXANDER STEVEN HEIL, 24, with one count of conspiracy to commit arson. HEIL will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court at a later date.

According to allegations in the information, on May 28, 2020, HEIL joined and engaged with other individuals in conduct designed to accelerate a fire in the Wells Fargo Bank building located in south Minneapolis.

The ATF and FBI urge the public to report suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email or submit information anonymously via In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at

This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter is prosecuting the case.

The charges contained in the information are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:

ALEXANDER STEVEN HEIL, 24 Monticello, Minn.
Charges:  Conspiracy to commit arson, 1 count

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