A woman and her family are shaken up after their neighbour poured fuel all over her front door before trying to set it on fire.
The Stockton woman who didn’t want to be identified told FOX40 the incident was caught on her home’s doorbell camera around 2:30 a.m. Thursday near Dominion Drive.
The family said they ignored the notification because most of the time they receive notifications of just insects flying by the camera.
When the woman’s mother checked the footage two hours later, she saw her neighbor, identified as 38-year-old Cuong Pham, pouring what appeared to be fuel all over their front door before trying to light it.
When the fire department and officers arrived, investigators found approximately two gallons of diesel fuel that was poured by Pham.
Investigators told the family if it had been gas, Pham would have killed himself and their family inside the home.
There were a few adults and two children ages three and ten home at the time of the incident.
“OK, are we going to blow up at any minute? Do I go get the kids, do we take off or is he outside waiting for us?” the woman said.
Officers arrested Pham, who lives across the street, for attempted homicide and arson.
The woman told FOX40 Pham told police that he saw a ghost and was trying to get rid of it. Pham also said he has no problem with the family and he’d like to apologize.
This isn’t the first time Pham was caught on this family’s doorbell camera. On March 1, he was seen ringing the family’s doorbell “like crazy” while pacing back-and-forth.
The woman said Pham is a known drug addict and has mental health issues.
“I wasn’t scared, I was mad. I wanted to go beat the guy up,” a man who lives in the home told FOX40.
While the family is relieved the Pham was arrested and no longer across the street, they’re still shaken.
“You do nothing, you’re still innocent,” the woman said. “You still get your house almost lit on fire.”