Man caught on camera dousing neighbor's front door in fuel, trying to light home on fire is arrested

A Stockton, California, man was arrested after he was caught on surveillance footage dumping diesel fuel on his neighbor's front door before trying to light the home on fire.

Cuong Pham, 38, was charged with arson and attempted murder over the Thursday morning incident, KOVR reports. 

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Pham was videotaped by his neighbor's doorbell camera security system as he poured liquid all over their porch and attempted to set it on fire. When the liquid would not light, Pham can be seen walking away from the house.


Cuong Pham was arrested for arson and attempted murder charges (Photo: Stockton Police Department)

The homeowner, whose identity has not been released, told KTXL she did not become aware of the incident until approximately two hours later around 4:40 a.m. when she started to review the incriminating footage.

Stunned, the woman called authorities, who later revealed that Pham had poured approximately two gallons of diesel fuel onto her home. Investigators told the victim that if it had been gasoline instead of diesel, the suspect and the entire family inside the home -- including a few adults and two children ages 3 and 10 -- would have likely died. 

Police arrested Pham in the backyard of a nearby home around 7 a.m. after searching the neighborhood. He allegedly told investigators that he saw a ghost near the victim's home and was trying to get rid of it. 

The victim told KTXL that Pham, allegedly a known drug addict who struggles with mental health issues, has been caught ringing her doorbell and pacing on her porch before.

The incident is reportedly related to an ongoing feud between the suspect and the homeowner.

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