Man Arrested for Attacking Google Headquarters With Molotov Cocktails

Image: AP
Image: AP

A 30-year-old Oakland man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly attacking Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California with Molotov cocktails.


According to an affidavit, Raul Murillo Diaz launched two of the flaming projectiles—specifically, Blue Moon beer bottles, one of which still had the wick attached—at a Google building on May 19th. They landed near a Google Street View car, and while the car itself was fine, a fire broke out behind the vehicle.

Police are also investigating whether Diaz is behind two other recent Google-related crimes: the intentional burning of a self-driving car and a shooting that targeted the company’s office windows. Surveillance footage collected from each scene reportedly showed the same 2004 Volkswagen Tourareg, the same car that Diaz drives. Officers also found a pipe bomb in his car when they pulled him over, according to NBC.

When questioned by police, Diaz reportedly said that he “felt Google was watching him and it made him upset,” and that he kept journals documenting when he felt he was being watched.

[Mercury News]

Sophie is a former news editor at Gizmodo.


Some how I was not surprised to read he was from Oakland.

Edit: Autocorrect screwed me again!