Meriden man charged with setting mattress on fire in home

Meriden man charged with setting mattress on fire in home


MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police say he lit a mattress on fire in an apartment building on Tuesday.

Alvernon Stith-Griffin, 38, of 1048 Broad St., Apt. 2B, was charged with reckless burning, second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal mischief.

An officer responded to the building for a reported dispute around 3:45 p.m., heard a woman yelling from inside the apartment and saw Stith-Griffin come out and throw items into the backyard, according to a police report. While the officer waited for a second officer, he smelled smoke coming from the second floor apartment and was told the woman called 911.

When backup arrived, officers detained Stith-Griffin and found a mattress on fire in the apartment, the report said. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.

Stith-Griffin reportedly became upset about a vehicle purchase and began smashing items around the apartment, including a TV and chairs.

Stith-Griffin was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to the bail commissioner, Stith-Griffin has a criminal record in North Carolina and Virginia including charges of violation of probation and larceny.

The judge set bond at $15,000, citing Stith-Griffin’s previous record and the nature of the charges. The case was continued to May 10.


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