A man from Maine was arrested Sunday after he made threats against Google and traveled across the country to confront the company.
On Friday, Mountain View police received notification from Iowa State Patrol notifying us that they had recently been in contact with Waterville, Maine resident Kyle Long, 33. Iowa State Patrol had spoken with Long twice that day, once after his vehicle was involved in a non-injury collision and a second time after he vandalized a restroom at a gas station store a short time later.
Long informed state troopers that he was on his way to Mountain View, California, to meet with Google after his YouTube channel had been shut down, which he claimed was resulting in him losing money.
Employees at the gas station store in Iowa did not want to press charges against Long, and the collision did not warrant Long to be detained.
On Sunday, Waterville, Maine police notified us that they had received information that Long was not only in California, but that he had stated if his meeting with Google personnel did not go well, he was going to resort to physical violence.
Mountain View police immediately began to investigate further, and we staged in and around the Googleplex should Long arrive. We also had officers monitoring all major highways around Mountain View to try and intercept Long before he was able to get anywhere near Google’s main campus.
In addition to those measures, we also notified all neighboring jurisdictions – including San Bruno – that had either Google or YouTube campuses about Long in the event that he detoured to their area.
Just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Mountain View officers spotted Long’s vehicle near Highway 101 and Moffett Boulevard. Officers conducted a high-risk car stop, and Long was detained without incident.
Inside Long’s vehicle, officers found three baseball bats, and Long’s phone had directions up giving him instructions on how to get to Mountain View.
Long was subsequently arrested for making criminal threats and his car was towed.
Long is being held on $25,000 at the Santa Clara County Jail.
“This case highlights exceptional police work often unseen on a day-to-day basis; from the communication we had with two different departments in two different states, to the awareness and rapid response from our officers,” said Chief Max Bosel. “We very much appreciated all the efforts that were made across the country to do everything possible to prevent this man bringing harm to others.”
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