Hawaii Man Charged with 7 Counts of Arson

June 17, 2011

A man authorities believe acted out of jealousy is facing seven counts of arson after prosecutors say he started several fires targeting people who had been talking to his ex-girlfriend.

The Star Advertiser reports that Thomas Chong was being held on $1 million bail Wednesday after being charged with seven counts of arson.

Chong was indicted last week on arson charges related to four fires between May 10 and May 17.

Honolulu authorities say three other fires were put out and caused minimal damage.

Police say the 45-year-old Chong had been targeting people who had been talking to his ex-girlfriend, apparently out of jealousy.

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