STAMFORD, Conn. -- Call it a case of bad timing. A man who was told to leave a vacant property in Stamford a short time before a fire was set there Sunday afternoon returned to the scene only to be arrested for first-degree trespassing, police said.
Police and firefighters were called to 453 W. Main St., Stamford, shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday due to a fire at the vacant property. The property owner told police he had ordered a few men off the property, including one man who he has ordered off the property numerous times in the past, about 10 minutes before he discovered the fire, Sgt. Simon Blanc said.
The property owner returned to it about 10 minutes after shooing the men away and discovered a small fire in the rear of the house with some debris burning near a window and on the ground, police said.
Fire officials determined the blaze had been set deliberately, Blanc said. As the property owner spoke with police and fire officials, he saw the man he had ordered of the property numerous times before, including just before the fire, return to the scene, he said.
The owner pointed out the man to police, and Ludwin Grijalbe, 32, of West Main Street was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass.
The fire is still under investigation, Blanc said.