A 22-year-old New Milford man is free on $5,000 bond while facing charges of second-degree arson, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

Christopher R. Jones of Geiger Road was arraigned Monday, July 30 in Superior Court in Bantam on charges stemming from a June 15 incident.

Mr. Jones is accused of allegedly setting the 1997 Ford Escort of his girlfriend, Kristina Kovatch, on fire the morning of June 15 following an argument with Ms. Kovatch, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The car had been parked in the garage at 29 Geiger Road -- where Ms. Kovatch, 21, and her daughter lived with Mr. Jones and his family -- when the Northville Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after 4 a.m., court document states.

Mr. Jones' mother, Suzanne Jones, and her three younger children were in her car when firefighters arrived, police said. Suzanne Jones told police she had driven the car down the driveway away from Ms. Kovatch's burning car and the house, fearing the house would catch on fire, court documents state.

Mr. Jones allegedly became upset after answering Ms. Kovatch's cell phone and hearing a male voice asking for Ms. Kovatch, police said.

Mr. Jones told police "he smelled the smoke inside the house and then saw the flames..." and ran out, attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose, the arrest warrant affidavit states.

On his Facebook page, Mr. Jones posted June 18 "Truth is that I was on steroids, I was highly intoxicated and just thought of you and Kendra being with someone else set me off," the warrant affidavit states.

Ms. Kovatch and her daughter, Kendra, have since moved back to her parents' home in Southbury. She activated a Order of Protection July 2 against Mr. Jones.

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