Syretta Copeland, 31, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, arson and causing injury to a firefighter for a Sept. 10 fire at 130 Devon St. that sent one resident and a firefighter to the hospital, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Roxbury District Court Judge Ernest Sarason set bail at $7,000; prosecutors had asked for $20,000 bail.
Shortly before 5 a.m. on Sept. 10, Copeland poured gasoline on the back porch, lit that, then went around to the front porch and did the same thing, prosecutors charge:
A resident who had heard noises coming from the rear of the building went to the front entrance and saw a heavyset black woman pouring gasoline on the porch and striking matches.
"Are you crazy?" that resident asked. "There are people and children living in this building."
"I don't give a fuck," the woman replied before fleeing the scene in a dark Toyota Camry.
The rear fire did roughly $185,000 in damage to the building, a neighboring home and two parked cars, the DA's office says, adding the front fire failed to catch.
About nine hours after she allegedly set the building on fire, she posted a message on her Facebook page:
I have the biggest hang over ever never mix henny wit that ray ray boy that tang got me on my ass i hada sleep in my car last night the road was moving and some more shit drink at home .wallet missing and some more shit mmmlol well i had a goodtime.
The next day, Copeland posted:
so as you all know i have had the worst almost two years ever its now time to change my people my places and def inantly my things so um if you find that youve benn delated dont ake it personal just doing wht i feel is right k ...
Beverly Police arrested Copeland, who has two children, after that post, based in part on witness IDs from Dorchester. She was charged with assault and battery on a police officer during her arrest, which led a judge to revoke earlier bail on motor-vehicle charges out of Gloucester and Somerville, the DA's office reports.