Police arrest woman accused of trying to extort money from fire victim

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The woman who police say tried to extort money from an apartment fire victim has been arrested. 

Last month, a deadly fire broke out at the Sierra Meadows Apartments near Eubank and Montgomery, killing 10-year-old Ja’Zay Simpson. 

According to an arrest warrant, a resident posted on Facebook asking for food donations to give to first responders. Shortly after, Natasha Rodgers messaged the woman, accusing her of starting the fire and demanded $300. 

When the victim didn’t respond, Rodgers allegedly threatened to have her killed. Rodgers was booked into MDC on Thursday afternoon on extortion and harassment charges. 

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