Police arrest suspect over firebombs at HQ
A man who said Google was “watching him” faces federal charges over three late-night attacks on the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters, including accusations of tossing Molotov cocktails and opening fire on a building.
No one was hurt in the attacks that took place in May and June, though one of the Internet search giant’s selfdriving cars was destroyed by fire.
Raul Diaz, 30, faces a charge of arson in the first attack that began before midnight on May 19 at the company’s massive campus in California.
An employee called police after seeing a man throw a beer bottle at a Google mapping car then watching the area burst into flames. The vehicle sustained minimal damage.
The second incident happened on June 4 about 11.30pm, federal authorities said. Two witnesses reported hearing gunshots about 500m from where the fire broke out, and police arrived to find five bullet holes in Google office windows. Surveillance video captured what appears to be the same SUV captured on video on May 19.
Authorities believe a .22 calibre handgun was used during the attack.
Police were called a third time about 2am on June 10 after a Google self-driving car was destroyed by fire. CCTV captured a man approaching the car with what looked like a squirt gun with a long tube then a bright flash of fire. The same SUV was also recorded on the surveillance video.
According to a federal court affidavit, Diaz told investigators he was responsible for all three attacks and was planning another before he was stopped and arrested on the campus on June 30.
“Diaz told officers that his motivation behind the attacks was that he felt Google was watching him and that made him upset,” the affidavit stated.