Atlanta fire releases new photos of person wanted for questioning in Wendy’s arson

ATLANTA — Atlanta Fire Rescue released new photos Monday of a person they believe may have information related to the arson at the Wendy’s on University Avenue in mid-June.

Police are calling the man, seen wearing orange shorts outside the Wendy’s the night of the fire, a person of interest.

The restaurant was set on fire during protests the day after Rayshard Brooks’ shooting death in the parking lot of the fast food chain. Brooks was shot on June 12 by former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe. Rolfe is now facing murder charges, among others.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston went back and looked through our video of the protests that night and said the man in the orange shorts appeared multiple times on our cameras on the ground and from NewsChopper 2.


Last week, police arrested 29-year-old Natalie White and charged her with first-degree arson for her alleged role in starting the fire. Police say White was caught on video using what appeared to be an aerosol can to spread the flames.

White was released from jail into house arrest on a $10,000 bond. She will wear an ankle monitor and has to stay off social media.

Her attorney, Drew Findling, said White did not start the fire.

“The obvious thing is that Natalie White did not start a fire,” Findling said. “That is just silly. This was a fully-engaged fire. You can see people that are throwing what looks like Molotov cocktails in long before she’s even involved.”

Police have said since the beginning they believe others were involved and are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those other suspects.