Po­lice ar­rest sus­pect over fire­bombs at HQ

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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.

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