21-year old charged with lighting apartment on fire

A Charlotte woman is facing arson charges after authorities say she set fire to her apartment.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A 21-year-old woman is facing a first-degree arson charge for allegedly setting her apartment on fire. 

Charlotte firefighters had to rescue four adults and an infant from that blaze Monday morning. The woman, Shontavia Gingles, was in court Tuesday.

"Stay in school kids!"

That was Shontavia Gingles' only comment to NBC Charlotte when she left the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. The 21-year-old appeared to be in a happy, joking mood while the camera was on her.

"Make sure she gets my good side," Gingles said.

But Gingles was there Tuesday for a reason: she's accused of arson in Monday's fire at The Timbers apartments on Magnolia Hill Drive. Charlotte Firefighters had to rescue four adults and an infant and eight units were damaged.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Gingles set her apartment on fire between 11 a.m. and noon Monday and they arrested and charged her with first-degree arson. 

At her first court appearance Tuesday, she announced that she does have an attorney, but then left and re-entered the courtroom several times before leaving altogether without ever talking in front of the judge. 

Gingles will have a probable cause hearing on September 23. 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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