MOUNTAIN VIEW (KRON) — “It all started with somebody going that doesn’t sound quite right,” said Mountain View Police Department Spokesperson Katie Nelson.
Kyle Long, 33, was arrested on Sunday after making threats against Google — traveling from Waterville, Maine to Mountain View to confront the company.
Mountain View police say they first learned about Long on Friday after he was involved in a car accident and vandalized a gas station restroom in Iowa.
On Sunday — they were told that he was in California and threatened physical violence if his meeting with Google didn’t go well.
They say Long told Iowa state troopers he was on his way to Mountain View because Google shut down his Youtube channel.
“I think there’s a lot of ‘what ifs’ here, what could’ve happened and that’s obviously the scariest part for a lot of people is you just don’t know if this hadn’t happened, what could’ve happened,” Nelson said.
Just last year — a suspected female shooter opened fire on Youtube employees in San Bruno — wounding three workers — before killing herself.
Mountain View police say this year, for this incident, they had a lot more information and are pleased they were able to stop long before anyone got hurt.
“We were so much more prepared going into this situation,” said Nelson. “We not only knew that he was upset — but that this was exactly where he was headed, we had a trail of just how far he had come to make this a reality.”
When police pulled Long over — they found three baseball bats in his truck. He is being held on $25,000 bail.
KRON4 reached out to Google for comment, but have not heard back.
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