California Man Allegedly Attempted To Burn Neighbor's House Down After Seeing Ghost

Cuong Pham has been arrested after security footage revealed him allegedly dousing a neighbor's home in flammable liquid and attempting to set it ablaze.

By Eric Shorey
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A man in Stockton, California was arrested after he was caught on video allegedly pouring gallons of diesel on his neighbor's front door and attempting to set the building on fire — reportedly because he claimed he had seen a ghost in the residence.

The family uses the Ring camera, which alerted them to movement on the porch. What the video captured was horrifying: Cuong Pham, 38, was reportedly dousing their home in flammable liquid and attempting to set the building ablaze at 2:30 am on March 7. The homeowners, who have asked to remain anonymous, immediately called the police upon reviewing the footage. Several adults and children had been inside the home at the time, reports CBS Sacramento.

Pham, who allegedly bothered the family by incessantly ringing the doorbell on a previous occasion, apologized to one of the homeowners, saying that he meant no harm and that he had seen a phantom, according to KTXL, a California-based Fox affiliate.

A neighbor, identified only as Scott, said that many in the area are aware of Pham's strange behavior.

“He does this around the neighborhood, rings our doorbells, or asks us to borrow money,” Scott told CBS Sacramento.

One of the women who lived at the home noted Pham's alleged history of drug usage and mental illness.

"You do nothing, you're still innocent," she told KTXL. "You still get your house almost lit on fire."

One of the men who lived at the home explained his reaction to the video.

"I wasn’t scared, I was mad. I wanted to go beat the guy up," he told KTXL.

Police believe that had Pham been using gasoline, the family surely would have been killed.

Pham now faces attempted homicide and arson charges, according to the Stockton Police Department Facebook page.

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