(WOI-DT/CNN/Meredith) -- An Iowa trooper acted on a gut feeling that may have prevented an attack on Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Trooper Ryan Zenor with Iowa State Patrol said the call to respond to was a normal one – one vehicle in the ditch off the side of Interstate 80.
But when Zenor arrived at the scene, he said the vehicle was running, the windows were down, the radio was on and there was no one around.
“That is not typical, something that is in danger or does wreck usually calls,” Zenor said.
After running the truck’s license plate, officers found out driver Kyle Long was from Maine and has a violent past.
“They immediately put me in an officer safety alert, meaning this subject had diagnosed mental disorders, was extremely violent,” Zenor said.
Meanwhile, Long was at a nearby gas station waiting for a tow truck when troopers circled back to question him.
When police asked Long why he was going to California, he answered “for a business meeting at Google headquarters.”
Officers questioned why Long didn’t have any luggage, but Long told them he didn’t bring much.
Officers had no reason to arrest Long, so Long continued on his way to California.
But Zenor said his gut feeling that something was wrong made him push on with the case.
Zenor called police in California to warn them about Long, telling them he believed Long might be planning to harm someone at Google.
Hours later, police in California arrested Long for making threats toward Google employees. As it turns out, Long was allegedly upset that his YouTube videos were deleted, preventing him from earning money.
Police said they found three baseball bats in Long’s trunk. Long is now being held on suspicion of making criminal threats.
Back in Iowa, Zenor said he was relieved.
“I truly believe I was just doing my job. I truly feel like anybody, any other officer in this situation would've handled and done that extra work,” he said.