ATLANTA — Atlanta arson investigators said Saturday they’ve identified a female suspect who is being sought in connection with a Wendy’s fire that was set after the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
The Atlanta Fire Department obtained an arrest warrant for Natalie White, 29, for first-degree arson, which is considered a felony in the state of Georgia, Fox 5 reported.
White’s face was captured on video surveillance and shared during a news conference on Tuesday at a fire station on Manford Road.
Previous pictures reportedly showed one suspect wearing black clothing and a facial covering, while the other — who turned out to reportedly be White — went without a mask and wore a black top with a purple shirt wrapped around her waist.
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— Portia Bruner (@PortiaFOX5) June 16, 2020
Officials said White is suspected of setting fire to the Wendy’s on June 13 and that additional arrests may be forthcoming.
The Fox Report with Jon Scott on Saturday reported that White may have had a personal relationship with Brooks.
During the field sobriety tests, Brooks is heard saying on video, “This is University Avenue. I’ve grown up here. Natalie White, she’s my girlfriend…”
It is unclear if “Natalie White” referenced by Brooks during the FSTs is the same individual sought by authorities for arson.
The State Arson control board had offered an additional $10,000 reward in the Wendy’s case after authorities previously announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, Fox News reported.
Anyone with potential information about White’s location, or additional tips related to the fire, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-282-5804.