ADAIR – An Iowa State Trooper makes a stop and just doesn’t feel right about the whole thing.
What he did next may have saved a horrible crime from happening out in California. The story revolves around YouTube, Google, and a man named Kyle Long.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ryan Zenor and his partner responded to a normal call back on March 8th. One vehicle was in the ditch at the 92 mile marker of I-80.
“The vehicle was running, the windows were down, the radio was on, and there was no one around,” said Trooper Zenor.
That was the first red flag.
“That is not typical. Somebody that is in danger usually calls us. Calls the police so we can help them,” said Trooper Zenor.
After running the truck’s license plate and vin number, cops found out 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, and they had had a past with this subject that was not pleasant with law enforcement,” said Trooper Zenor.
While the troopers searched Stuart and Adair for almost an hour, Long was at the nearby Kum & Go waiting for a tow truck. Another driver had picked him up. When Troopers circled back to his truck, they questioned him, asking why he was headed to California and where was his luggage?
“A business meeting at Google Headquarters. This is it!,” said Long
Officers had no reason to arrest him. Long was let go, but Trooper Zenor wasn’t done with the case.
“He never just came out in direct threats. He kind of worked around it that if they wouldn’t have this meeting, he was going to make the meeting happen. That was kind of the final, this information must get passed on,” said Trooper Zenor.
He gathered Long’s information, called police in California, and contacted security at Google Headquarters.
“I relayed to them, ‘I really think this subject has thoughts and could harm someone,'” said Trooper Zenor.
Hours later police in California arrested Long for making threats toward Google employees. Back home in Iowa, Trooper Zenor 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,” said Trooper Zenor.
Troopers say Long was upset with YouTube because they deleted his videos and stopped him from making money. Cops in California say Long had three baseball bats in his trunk when he was arrested. He’s being held on suspicion of making criminal threats.