Atlanta, Georgia – Police have released newly refined images of a suspect alleged to be partly responsible for the arson committed in Atlanta that set a Wendy’s restaurant ablaze.
Police are currently offering a reward for information that leads to the identification of the suspect and her arrest.
#BreakingNews@ATLFireRescue Investigators release new & clearer photos of the woman suspected of starting the fire at the Wendy's where #RayshardBrooks was killed by police Friday night. Investigators will give an update soon. Follow @aungeliquefox5 proctor for details.#Fox5Atl pic.twitter.com/OL7U1EISOC
— Portia Bruner (@PortiaFOX5) June 16, 2020
An earlier image of another suspect was released prior to these latest images of a second suspect believed to be involved with the torching of the Wendy’s restaurant where the police-involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks took place.
However, that first image released only showcased what investigators said was believed to be a white woman, but the photo only revealed someone nearly all covered in black clothing with a face covering that concealed facial characteristics.
Atlanta Fire Department officials stated that the blaze within the fast food chain eatery was started in multiple locations within the building’s structure. Arson investigators believe that there were at least ten attempts to set the building on fire.
Fire Chief Randall Slaughter noted that when fire crews were actively trying to stifle the flames when the building was burning, people amongst a crowd nearby were trying to inhibit firefighters from combatting the flames.
According to the fire chief, these efforts from the crowd included throwing bricks and other objects at first responders trying to get control of the fire.
The State Arson control board is now offering an additional $10,000 reward for information that can lead to an arrest in this investigation, bringing the reward total to now $20,000.
Suspected arsonist arrested after burning down of Minneapolis police station
DENVER, CO – At this point, most are well-briefed on the chaos that erupted in Minneapolis on May 28th, which included the burning-down of the police station in the city.
Well, it turns out one of the suspected arsonists said to be involved in the crime has been arrested.
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) June 16, 2020
Police apprehended 22-year-old Dylan Robinson within the municipality of Breckenridge in Colorado on June 14th.
Sources say that the ATF, along with the U.S. Marshals, had caught up with the alleged arsonist outside of a recreation center located at 800 Airport Road at roughly 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
Suspect is 22-year-old Dylan Robinson. Breckinridge Police Chief confirms he was arrested in the town's Rec Center parking lot Sunday afternoon. He'll have his first court appearance tomorrow. @KDVR
— Alex Rose (@AlexRoseNews) June 16, 2020
Investigators aren’t quite sure what brought the suspect to Colorado, nor did they know how long he resided within the state after his alleged participation in the burning down of the police station.
What is known is that arson-related charges to the tune of aiding and abetting have been filed against the suspect and that a court appearance transpired on June 16th.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) June 16, 2020
There are still numerous suspects that the ATF is searching for, and the agency has offered a $70,000 for any information that leads to an arrest.
As for the case in general against Robinson , it appears as though many elements are being played “close to the chest” as not much information has been released at this time.
The ATF has been pretty busy with nabbing arsonists lately.
A 25-year-old woman from Tacoma, Washington was arrested on June 11th for allegedly setting fire to numerous police vehicles in Seattle toward the end of May while riots and protesting were at their peak in the state.
Meet 25-year old #antifa arsonist Margaret Aislinn Channon who was identified by eyebrows and finger tattoos after torching police cars in Seattle. This freak faces federal prison for about 10 years. #OrangeIsTheNewAntifa #ThisIsAntifa pic.twitter.com/Gb9NnEx6Ak
— Antifa Stats (@antifastats) June 12, 2020
Authorities say that Margaret Aislinn Channon was responsible for setting five unmarked police vehicles ablaze last month, and is now currently facing federal charges in relation to the alleged acts of arson.
U.S. Attorney Brian Moran stated the following about the case:
“This defendant was captured by multiple cameras using an accelerant, lit like a blowtorch, to start fires in five vehicles – putting the public at risk and creating the very real possibility of a structure fire amidst the throng of people protesting downtown”
The acts were said to have occurred on May 30th near the area of Pine Street and Sixth Avenue in Seattle.
A 25-year-old Tacoma woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly lighting five unmarked Seattle police vehicles on fire during riots at the end of last month
Margaret Aislinn Channon faces federal arson charges in connection with the incident
— Neal Houston, Ph.D. 🇺🇲 ⭐⭐⭐ (@DrNealHouston) June 12, 2020
This area where the alleged arson took place happens to be mere blocks from the Pine & 12th Avenue police precinct that local authorities have recently abandoned and was overtaken by the likes of criminals designating the surrounding blocks as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.”
I went on Fox News to explain what's happening inside the Seattle "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone." Biased media will have you believe it is just a block party but in fact, there are armed people patrolling w/ reports they're trying to extort businesses. https://t.co/WhNnht2rHs pic.twitter.com/4vYDcZx2T9
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 12, 2020
It was through the help of photos and videos of the suspect that police were say they were able to identify Channon as the alleged arsonist.
While the suspect was masked during the riotous destruction, police were able to match a facial profile by way of the suspect’s eyebrows and also unique tattoos emblazoned upon her knuckles.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Raymond Duda noted that while there’s nothing wrong with exercising free speech, committing violent acts and destruction of property is nowhere within that realm of protected speech:
“The number one mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment guarantees Americans the right to express their opinions and peacefully protest. What it does not provide is the right to invoke violence under the guise of free speech.”
A Tacoma woman was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly setting fire to five Seattle police vehicles during a downtown Seattle protest two weekends ago, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. https://t.co/1ZZdJ3UOjy
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 12, 2020
When authorities executed a search warrant of the home of Channon, they were said to have recovered clothing adorned by the suspect captured in the photos and videos of her alleged acts of arson.
Alongside both local law enforcement and the FBI, the ATF also aided in the investigation. ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Blais commented on the reasoning behind their involvement with the criminal case:
“ATF is the Federal agency primarily responsible for administering and enforcing the criminal and regulatory provisions of the Federal laws pertaining to arson. Arson is a crime of violence.”
Moran extended accolades to the collaborative efforts of law enforcement to help identify Channon by way of photos and video secured:
“I commend the painstaking work of law enforcement using a variety of images to identify the defendant and locate her so she can be held accountable.”
Channon is formally charged with five federal counts of arson, which a conviction of a single count could result in up to 10 years in a federal prison.
— Trump Partisan (@SaintBrothel) June 12, 2020
An initial court appearance was scheduled for June 12th reportedly.
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