Authorities Set 10k Bail for Rayshard Brooks’s Mistress and Wendy Arsonist
On Tuesday, authorities finally arrested Rayshard Brooks’s mistress and the alleged woman behind the torching of Wendy’s restaurant.
Police have set a $10,000 bond on 29-year-old Natalie White, as she was taken into custody in Georgia Atlanta. White’s arrest came days after the Atlanta Fire Rescue announced that an arrest warrant had been issued against her for first-degree arson. In a Twitter post, the state’s arson control board also gave an additional $10,000 reward for anyone who can offer to lead to White’s arrest.
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
In another social media post, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit announced that they had already apprehended White and voluntarily turned herself in. Currently, the case is being investigated by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Arson Unit.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit just apprehended Wendys arson suspect Natalie White moments ago. White is being booked into the Fulton County Jail right now. This case is being investigated by @ATLFireRescue Arson Unit. @FGTV @FultonInfo— Fulton Sheriff PIO (@FultonSheriff) June 23, 2020
Initially, police identified White in surveillance footage, as the person responsible for burning down a Wendy’s restaurant. The violent crime happened days after her alleged boyfriend, George Floyd, died in the parking lot. During the fatal exchange, Floyd was caught on camera telling police officers that her girlfriend, White, lives close by. “You know, Natalie White, she’s my girlfriend. She left. I said, ‘Baby, I’ll get Wendy’s and then I’ll go back…” Brooks said.
Suspected Wendy's arsonist Natalie White arrested less than an hour ago. Members of @GwinnettSO fugitive unit found her. @USMarshalsHQ took her into custody. Fire happened after #RayshardBrooks was shot by #AtlantaPolice @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/dKtOf1XUJG— Randy Travis (@RandyTravisFox5) June 23, 2020
Authorities believe that White did not act alone and that several protesters were also involved in criminal activity. Officers suspect that the fires started using lighters and aerosol cans. They have also recovered evidence that suggests the protesters threw in fireworks and trash inside the restaurant before they set on fire.
White and Brook’s romantic relationship was exposed after his death. However, despite Brooks’ statement, the suspect’s lawyer denied the allegations that they have any romantic involvement. In a statement, Drew Findling told the New York Post that White and Brooks were just close friends.
The relationship came as a scandal, especially since the victim was married to Tomika Miller in which he had four children, Blessing, 8, Mekai, 13, Memory, 2, and Dream, 1. Currently, there have also been reports which revealed that Brooks had a long history of lawlessness. According to the Clayton County Georgia court database, the victim was a “child and wife beater, fugitive and absconding probationer,” a list of violent crimes that date back to ten years ago.
Brook’s recent arrest dates back on Dec. 30, 2019, in Lucas County, Ohio. The warrant came after brooks failed to notify authorities in Georgia that he had moved to a new address. This is not the first time that the 27-year old attempted to skirt justice. In 2018, Brooks traveled to northern Ohio in an attempt to get away and, thus, breaking his probation.
On Tuesday, Brooks’s family held a private funeral service in Atlanta. The service was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached since 1960 and up until his assassination in 1968. King’s daughter, Rev. Bernice A. King, will speak at his funeral while Democratic candidate, Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, will deliver Brooks’ eulogy.