Man Accused Of Setting Fire Hoping To Kill Girlfriend, Himself

Fremont police say a 19-year-old was arrested Saturday night for allegedly setting a mobile home on fire in hopes of killing himself and his girlfriend.

Jose Manuel had contacted his girlfriend and asked her to meet him at the Regency Trailer Court residence. Investigators say his plan was to burn the place down with both of them inside. The home sustained fire and smoke damage. No one was hurt.

“There was a lot if smoke. My neighbors were trying to put out the fire with a pair of hoses." Alex D'Caprio lives next door to the home that was set on fire just after 10:30 p.m. D'Caprio said Manuel was new to the neighborhood. “They just moved here about four or five days ago."

Once the fire started to grow, neighbors like Antonio Montante jumped into action. The pressure from the fire blew out a window and that was the sound that told Montante to go outside. He and his neighbors grabbed their garden hoses and tried to put out the flames until the fire department arrived.

“At the end they caught the guy because everyone was worried about the guy coming back and the police don't worry about him, you are not going to see him for a long time, we got him."

D'Caprio remembers the look on the girlfriend’s face. “She looked kind of worried."

Manuel faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree arson, resisting arrest, obstruction and disorderly conduct. He faces up to 50 years in prison on the attempted murder charge and up to 20 years for arson. Resisting arrest, obstruction and disorderly conduct are misdemeanors that could add up to a year behind bars on each count.

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