Skip to main content

Monticello man sentenced to federal prison for role in arson at Minneapolis bank

He admitted to throwing items on the fire in hopes of making the building burn faster.
Wells Fargo

A 22-year-old man from Monticello has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for his role in the arson at the Wells Fargo Bank building during the civil unrest in Minneapolis last summer. 

Alexander Heil was charged in August with conspiracy to commit arson in connection to the May 28, 2020, fire at the bank. 

He was sentenced Tuesday to 2.5 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for the crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release. 

Heil admitted he added fuel to the fire at the bank that night by throwing items into the flames with the intent to burn the building faster, the release says. 

Heil is among more than 20 people who have been charged with federal arson-related charges in connection to the civil unrest last summer. 

Affordable housing, bank planned for Wells Fargo site

The Wells Fargo building, which is kitty-corner to the Minneapolis Police Department's Fifth Precinct, was heavily damaged during the unrest following George Floyd's killing. 

The building has since been demolished, with Wells Fargo planning to do more with the site at 3030 Nicollet Ave. S. than just build another bank. 

The bank is working with Project for Pride in Living to redevelop the site, with the project slated to include a smaller bank branch, affordable housing, commercial space and other community uses, which will be determined from a community engagement process that began earlier this month. 

Next Up

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

snow

3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 10.45.51 AM

Video: Inebriated Sheriff Dave Hutchinson after high-speed crash

Hutchinson was unaware of his location and repeatedly said he wasn't driving.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-12-15 at 2.58.20 PM

Brainerd man sentenced to 4 years in prison for arson at Third Precinct

He's also ordered to pay $12 million in restitution.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 6.42.54 AM

St. Paul man gets prison, ordered to pay $12M for burning of 3rd Police Precinct

He was among four Minnesota men charged in connection to the fires at the Third Precinct following George Floyd's murder.

Wells Fargo

Wayzata man gets prison for arson of Wells Fargo during riots

Marc Bell Gonzales was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

Target headquarters

2 men plead guilty to arson at Target headquarters in Minneapolis

The two men were charged in the Aug. 26, 2020, arson that happened following false rumors about a police shooting.

Wells Fargo

Affordable housing, bank planned for Wells Fargo site damaged in May riots

The bank branch was demolished last month after being heavily damaged in the riots last May.

Henderson ziegler

Savage man gets 6.5 years in prison for arson at Dakota County courthouse

He and another man were charged in connection to the May 29 fire.