A Florida man has been charged with setting fire to the Seattle home of relatives a month ago over a $20,000 debt, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Sang Ngoc Ung, 53, of Margate, Fla., was arrested yesterday and charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Ung is suspected of the June 10 fire at 3939 S. Cloverdale St. that extensively damaged the home and forced the homeowner, her adult children and a friend to flee through a window and the garage. Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $140,000.
Shortly after that fire, investigators went to a second home associated with the victims and found a destructive device that had not ignited, the U.S Attorney’s Office said.
According to the criminal complaint, Ung had been pressuring family members in Seattle about $20,000 he believed was owed to him. Family members had attempted to pay some of the money, but Ung allegedly continued to threaten them.
Cell phone records place Ung in the Seattle area during the time of the arson, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Ung is scheduled to make his first court appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.