Arraignment for Woman Charged with Woodridge Arson Monday

Maria Bustamante will appear for arraignment in DuPage County court Monday.

A Rosemont woman charged with intentionally set a fire at the Windsor Lakes apartment complex in will plead guilty or not guilty in court Monday.

Maria Bustamante, 19, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with aggravated arson and residential arson in connection to the February fire. She remains held in DuPage County Jail on $1 million bail.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has a hold placed on Bustamante, which means she would remain in custody if she were to post bond in the case.

Officials said Bustamante entered the apartment building in the 7300 block of Woodward Avenue around 3 a.m. Feb. 20 and started a fire in a hallway just outside the door to one of its units. 

No one was injured in the fire, which created "a great deal of smoke" in the hallways of the building, according to a press release from the . 

"It is further alleged that Bustamante did so knowing that, because of the time at night, apartment units throughout the building may be occupied by sleeping residents," a press release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said. 

“The allegations against Ms. Bustamante are outrageous,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire.”

The fire primarily involved carpet and the apartment door and caused about $25,000 in damages, according to officials.

One resident fled a smoky hallway through a first-floor window. Residents were evacuated and then allowed to return to their apartments once the fire was extinguished.


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