*The white woman suspected of setting fire to the Wendy’s in Atlanta, near where a police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, has been arrested.
Natalie White is accused of destroying the eatery after Brooks was gunned down in the parking lot during an altercation with police. In an ironic twist to this tragedy, Brooks told officers he had a girlfriend named Natalie White before he was shot.
According to The Sun, on the night of his death, Brooks, who was married, told police he was at Wendy’s to pick up food for him and his “girlfriend Natalie White.”
White’s attorney, Drew Findling, confirmed that she is in fact the woman he was referring to.
“An arrest warrant has been issued by Atlanta Fire Investigators for Ms. Natalie White. She has been identified as a suspect in the arson fire that burned down the Wendy’s Restaurant (125 University Ave) on Saturday, June 13th. Call 404-577-TIPS or 1-800-282-5804 with any info,” Atlanta Fire and Rescue wrote on Twitter on June 20, 2020.
Four days later, a tweet from the sheriff’s office said “White is being booked into the Fulton County Jail right now.”
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An arrest warrant has been issued by Atlanta Fire Investigators for Ms. Natalie White. She has been identified as a suspect in the arson fire that burned down the Wendy’s Restaurant (125 University Ave) on Saturday, June 13th. Call 404-577-TIPS or 1-800-282-5804 with any info. pic.twitter.com/Xu6W2hgOi6
— Atlanta Fire Rescue (@ATLFireRescue) June 20, 2020
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, White was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.
Protests over the killing of Brooks were happening nearby when the fire broke out at Wendy’s, 11Alive.com reported. The outlet also noted that a $10,000 reward was issued “for a masked individual last Sunday, who could be seen in a Twitter video pouring some sort of accelerant into the front of the Wendy’s building as it was burning.”
On June 13, Atlanta Fire wrote, “#Atlanta Fire units are standing by until they can safely get to the fire burning at Wendy’s (125 University Ave). Restaurant is fully involved and adjacent to a gas station. No reports of anyone inside the location. #AFRD.”
It reportedly took firefighters an hour to get through demonstrators.
Rev. Raphael Warnock begins the eulogy for Rayshard Brooks as his wife and family mourn. pic.twitter.com/Bx9e0ArDka
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) June 23, 2020
Randy Travis, of Fox 5, wrote on Facebook (per Heavy.com) :
“Atlanta Fire Rescue investigators believe they’ve identified the woman in this photo who was seen helping set fire to the Wendy’s in the wake of the Rayshard Brooks shooting. They say she’s 29-year-old Natalie White of Gwinnett County. Interestingly, that’s also the name of the girl friend Brooks repeatedly told APD officers had just dropped him off that night at the Wendy’s. We’ve been unable to confirm it’s the same person. We talked to White’s mother Friday and asked whether her daughter knew Brooks. She refused to comment and ended the conversation. AFRD is asking if anyone knows White’s whereabouts to call 404-577-TIPS or the arson tip line 1-800-292-5804.”
“She is absolutely not responsible,” Findling said of White in an interview with Daily Mail. He claims that by the time she was photographed at the scene, the restaurant was already on fire.