A spokesperson of the local police said he did not make any direct threat to anybody - but 'general threat' of violence is his meeting with YouTube executives did not go as planned.
Kyle Long, a 33-year-old from a small city in the US was angry, so angry that he drove for over 5,311km – all the way from Maine to California.
Why? Because his single YouTube video on ‘How to get rich quickly’ disappeared along with his channel, and he set off for the Google Headquarters in California to try to convince them to restore his account.
Long thought his YouTube account has been deleted by the tech giant itself.
However, what he didn’t know was, not YouTube – but the video was deleted by his wife, who was concerned about his mental state, reported BuzzFeed.
Samantha Long, his wife, told BuzzFeed that Kyle went mad initially and “I did not want him to lose his mind in front of my kids, that’s why I didn’t tell him anything.”
Kyle reportedly has a history of mental illness – his father and wife informed. Ever since he posted the video, Kyle was fixating on talking to Google about his big idea, he even told his friends and family about his plan and was sure, that the company would pay him in millions for the idea.
Kevin Long, his dad told BuzzFeed, “Kyle came up with the crazy idea of making everyone a millionaire. His intentions were good as he wanted to solve global poverty and hunger.” “But the entire idea was crazy, it was never going to happen,” he added.
His wife thought deleting the video would bring sense in him, however, after that, he decided to provide YouTube itself with his idea. Instead, he got arrested last Sunday in California for making ‘suspicious’ threats against Google.
A spokesperson of the local police said he did not make any direct threat to anybody – but ‘general threat’ of violence is his meeting with YouTube executives did not go as planned.
Back home, he even made a mock presentation to his wife – so that his meeting with the company execs go perfectly leading to an immediate payout from them. While Samantha tried bringing sense in him – but nothing helped.
With his ‘idea’ Kyle left home for Boston, to look for Google offices. But since he could not find anything there, he headed for California and called his wife from Kansas, to inform her about it.
Meanwhile, Mountain View police of California was informed by their counterparts in Maine and Iowa about his cross country trip.
Iowa State Patrol officers talked to him twice during his trip – once after he got involved in a non-injury crash, and the second for allegedly vandalising a gas station restroom.
After his arrest both his father and wife denied about him ever retorting to violence or threatening Google. “I don’t think he would have hurt anybody at Google. He was trying to make the world a better place,” she said.
While she has not talked to him for days, but certainly hopes that the arrest will lead him to get the help that he needs.
At the age of 16, Kyle Long was convicted for the death of one of his friends – after the latter crashed into a pole. He was arrested thereafter and eventually got out. However, ever since then he started getting nightmares, and was even diagnosed with bipolar disorder, his father Kevin told BuzzFeed. His encounter with law enforcement agencies became pretty regular after that.
However, unlike Samantha, he does not think getting arrested will help him anyhow. “It’s been a revolving door – he goes to jail and he never gets help,” he said.