Kyle Long, 33, of Maine, charged with making criminal threats against Google
•Arrested Sunday near Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California
•Long was allegedly angry that YouTube, which is owned by Google, had shut down his channel and hurt him financially
•Police in Mountain View had been warned about Long by officers in his hometown in Maine and in Iowa
•Last April, disgruntled YouTuber Nasim Aghdam shot and wounded three people at the YouTube campus in San Bruno before killing herself
A man who drove more than 3,300 miles from Maine to California to confront Google officials over the fate of his YouTube channel has been arrested with three baseball bats in his car’s trunk.
Police in Mountain View, the San Francisco-area city where Google’s sprawling campus is located, were warned by two out-of-state agencies that Kyle Long was on his way and arrested him Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats.
According to a press release from the Mountain View Police Department, the 33-year-old Waterville, Maine, resident was upset because his YouTube channel had been shut down.
He allegedly told his hometown police that he would get violent if his Google confrontation didn’t go well.
Google is the parent company of YouTube. The company’s Mountain View headquarters employs as many as 20,000 people