Trumbull woman accused of setting fire to her Stern Village apartment

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

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BRIDGEPORT - A Trumbull woman has been charged with setting fire to her apartment in the Stern Village housing complex.

Anna Maria Lombardi, 51, of Hedgehog Circle, was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of criminal mischief.

During Lombardi’s arraignment Tuesday afternoon, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Nicholas Bove urged Superior Court Judge Ndidi Moses to set a high bond on Lombardi, citing the serious nature of the allegations.

But Lombardi’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Michael Paris, urged the judge for leniency for his client.

“She has mental health issues and was off her medication that day,” Paris told the judge.

Judge Moses ordered Lombardi held in lieu of $100,000 bond and continued the case to Jan. 18.

According to Trumbull police, on Dec. 12, firefighters from the three Trumbull fire districts were called to Hedgehog Circle in the Stern Village elderly housing complex for a fire.

When firefighters got to the scene they found one of the units in the apartment complex on fire. Police said Lombardi was standing outside the burning unit barefoot and covered in soot.

Police said the apartment complex was safely evacuated of residents and there were no injuries.

When Lombardi was asked if she knew how the fire was started, police said she told them she didn’t want to talk about it and then began yelling at officers.

Police said an investigation showed the apartment’s hard-wired smoke detector had been disabled and that shredded paper had been placed in piles throughout the apartment and ignited. They said the apartment was a total loss from the fire.