According to reports, on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2022, at just about 6:00 PM, A young woman, now identified as Jasmine Miley, a resident of the area, is suspected and was charged with deliberately starting a fire inside the Forsyth Walmart--the same location where a teen was shot and killed back in January.
The apparent purpose of the fire: to divert store personnel and customers from the suspect's real purpose-- to access secured areas and secured merchandise within the store unimpeded due to the evacuation fracas. To complicate matters, Miley allegedly threatened at least one person with an unidentified weapon as she too fled the smoke-filled store.
Miley was arrested a short time later. It is unclear if she was able to actually make off with any merchandise as she left the location amidst the confusion.
As a potentially ironic plot twist to this story, according to Ms. Miley's Facebook page, her entire family fell victim to a house fire in June of 2019, causing them to lose everything. At the time of this writing, the expired donation page still resides on her profile, showing how friends and neighbors had donated approximately $1,000 of the $5,000 the fundraiser asked for.
At this time is unclear if additional charges are pending against Ms. Miley, or the status of her two young boys.
Due to the heroic efforts of the store manager Dennis Smith, and brazen Henry County firefighter Brandt Harvil, who just so happened to be shopping in the store at the time of the incident, the building was evacuated safely and no one was reported hurt.
The store did remain closed for the rest of the night amidst a lot of thick smoke--smoke that Forsythe Fire Chief David Herndon says caused a significant amount of damage to the store as well as a substantial amount of merchandise within the store. Merchandise which will now all have to be destroyed because of the smoke damage.