Atlanta Wendy's Arsonist May Be a White Woman, Police Photos and Video Suggest

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) has offered a reward for information on the individuals responsible for starting the fire on Saturday that burned down the Wendy's fast food restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police.

The suspect in photos shared by authorities appears to be a young white woman.

"Crime stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and indictment of the individuals responsible for starting a fire that led to the destruction of a Wendy's restaurant at 125 University Avenue in southwest Atlanta during protests that began Saturday, June 13 and lasted unto the morning hours of June 14," the APD said in a statement on Sunday.

Additionally, authorities shared a link to a video posted on social media of the female suspect, as well as photos of the individual "attempting to hide her identity."

@StopCrimeATL is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the individuals responsible for starting a fire that led to the destruction of a Wendy’s restaurant at 125 University Avenue. Call 404-577-TIPS (8477) or submit information online at https://t.co/aS17unWjQi. pic.twitter.com/GsVaka56xT

— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) June 14, 2020

"Look at this white girl, look at this white girl trying to set s*** on fire," a black protester filming the woman can be heard saying in the video. "Look at this white girl trying to burn down a Wendy's. This wasn't us. This wasn't us."

In the images, the suspect appears to be a white girl wearing a black face covering over her mouth, black clothing, a black backpack and a black cap. In the video, the suspect appears to be a young white woman wearing a black singlet and shorts. APD spokesperson Carlos Campos told Newsweek on Sunday evening that the department believes "it may be the same woman in the video and the photos."

I had to get this footage cause the media will make it seem like we burned this shit down #AtlantaProtest pic.twitter.com/mGi8kAYqUw

— Fola 🇳🇬👑✊🏿 (@ImKingFola) June 14, 2020

The destroyed Wendy's is the same location where 27-year-old Brooks was shot and killed by city law enforcement on Friday. His death further stoked tensions following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Floyd's death sparked widespread Black Lives Matters protests across America against police brutality and systemic racism.

The officer who allegedly killed Brooks, Garret Rolfe, has been fired from the police department. The other cop at the scene, Devin Bronson, has been placed on administrative duty.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office announced on Sunday evening that Brooks died of gunshot wounds to his back, following an autopsy. The manner of death has been called a homicide.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said his team will work "around the clock" to conclude the investigation and indicated on Sunday that he hopes a decision will be reached by the middle of next week.

"Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we reach a decision," he said in a statement. "That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner."

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The Wendy's sign is seen outside a restaurant in Bowie, Maryland on May 9, 2017, which was not involved in the incident. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images