‘Kim Dot Com’, Megaupload Founder Was Barricaded in Room with Shotgun Before Police Arrested Him
This story gets more strange as it goes. The larger than life Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dot com was arrested last Thursday on copyright infringement and theft violations on his Megaupload.com website. We are not sure how many people knew the facts leading up to the arrest. Apparently, it was not an easy arrest one.
Reporters from The Global Post, the 37 year old German national had the feds raid his home but had to take careful steps to get to him as he had a shotgun ready to take aim at any time.
According to Agence France Presse, armed police had to cut into a locked safe room where Schmitz had barricaded himself with a sawn-off shotgun. Officers also seized his collection of luxury cars –with number plates reading “God,” “Mafia Hacker” and “Guilty” – and froze up to $10 million NZD ($8 million USD) in a number of New Zealand bank accounts.
Reports state there were more than 20 raids in similarity and in connection with this case that were carried out in 9 other countries.
The other suspects arrested are Megaupload’s co-founder Mathias Ortmann and chief marketing officer Finn Batato, both from Germany, and Dutch national Bram van der Kolk, who oversees programming, reported Radio New Zealand. Graphic designer Julius Bencko, head of business development Sven Echternach and software developer Andrus Nomm have also been charged, but not yet arrested.
Defeated Kim Schmitz has stated he wants his court appearance to be live because he says he has nothing to hide.