SANTA ANA – A Fountain Valley man with several felony convictions has been charged with causing an explosion that started a fire inside his motel room, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Thanh Van Quang, 38, was charged with residential burglary, arson and possession of a flammable material with sentencing enhancements for arson with use of an accelerant.
He has four convictions from 1998 for voluntary manslaughter, assault with a firearm and two felony counts of robbery.
If convicted, Quang faces a maximum sentence of 31 years to life in state prison.
Authorities said Quang started an argument with the manager at Pueblo Motel in Santa Ana about guests in his motel room at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. An hour later, prosecutors said, Quang walked to a nearby gas station, bought a gas canister and filled it with a gallon of gas.
Quang’s motel room exploded about 4 p.m. Several other rooms were damaged. Quang was captured on surveillance video removing several items from his room before the explosion, prosecutors said.
By LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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