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Atlanta announces arrest warrant for woman with same name as Rayshard Brooks' alleged girlfriend

The woman is suspected of having helped set a city restaurant on fire.

Updated: June 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

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Atlanta authorities announced today that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a woman in connection with the burning of a fast-food restaurant in the city following the killing of Rayshard Brooks; the subject of the warrant has an identical name to a woman Brooks, before his death, claimed was his girlfriend. 

Investigators with the Atlanta Fire Department said on Saturday that they had taken out an arrest warrant for a woman named Natalie White. The suspect allegedly helped perpetrate an act of arson at the Wendy's at which Brooks was killed on the night of June 12. 

Authorities say White is among several suspects investigators believe helped start the blaze. 

Notably, in police body cam footage recorded prior to his death, Brooks identifies a Natalie White as his girlfriend multiple times. 

It is not known if the two individuals are the same person. A call and an email to authorities in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon were not immediately returned.