(KTXL) Caught on camera — a man seen frantically pouring what appears to be two gallons of fuel on the front door of a neighbor’s home.
He then tries to light the porch, but the blaze never takes off.
It happened around 2 a.m. Thursday, all while a woman, two young kids and a family are all sleeping.
The Stockton woman who shared this video says her mom woke her up and showed her the video.
“…and she goes ‘that’s the guy from down the street’ and I just start crying and shaking.”
The woman and her stepfather say they called Stockton police and fire.
Frightened, they waited for firefighters to tell them when it was safe to go back in.
The suspect was arrested.
His alibi? The family says he told officers he was trying to get rid of a ghost.
“They arrested him, he said that he didn’t have anything against us, that he thought he saw a ghost in our house and to me that’s just even scarier.”
The neighbor has been identified by Stockton police as Cuong Pham.
The family and many others know him as troubled.
“He’s come up to me and asked me to borrow money and I’ve told him, ‘I don’t know you good enough to borrow money.’”
This isn’t the first time cameras captured his odd, erratic behavior.
In sped-up Ring footage from March 1, Pham — who is wearing the same shirt — paces mindlessly for about a minute.
“Moving constantly, just non-stop. Back and forth, back and forth.”
While the family is relieved he’s no longer across the street, they’re still shaken.
“You do nothing, you’re innocent, you still… get your house almost lit on fire.”
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