Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have caught and arrested social media consultant Ryan Chamberlain after a 3-day-long manhunt in San Francisco.
FBI spokesperson Peter Lee reported that agents had found Chamberlain’s 2008 Nissan Altima just south of the Golden Gate Bridge — around Crissy Field. Agents immediately swept in to take the 42-year-old social media consultant into custody.
“They got him on to the ground. They were trying to get him cuffed. They were yelling at him to get one of his arms behind his back. He was complaining that he couldn’t, that he was like hurt or stiff or something,” said Morgan Manos, an Uber driver who was taking a break when FBI agents surrounded Chamberlain. “There’s a manhunt going on, they’re looking for him. Why would he be down here watching the bridge and the ocean? So I was just surprised the whole thing happened right where I was,” he added.
So, what spurred the 3-day-long manhunt? According to reports, federal agents had raised Chamberlain’s home on Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue, where they discovered “explosive.” Officials did not reveal any other details regarding exactly what was discovered at Chamberlain’s home, other than it was in fact “explosive.”
It’s also unclear what (or who) tipped off officials to search the man’s home. There’s some belief that authorities were given a lead that explosives were present at the home via an anonymous tip line. Regardless, Chamberlain was able to elude the authorities for 3 days after his home was raided.
In the weeks before his disappearance, Chamberlain began posting cryptic messages on his social media accounts, citing his battles with relationships, finances, occupation, childhood struggles and more. The social media consultant referred to his emotional battle as the “dark days,” even indicating that his mother was building an “apocalypse bunker.” The FBI confirmed they had read Chamberlain’s social media postings and were taking it into account on their search.
Friends and former colleagues of Chamberlain claim he was an “emotional guy” who would frequently get upset if he didn’t get his way.
Chamberlain previously worked as a social media consultant, employed by both private sector corporations and political figures. “We all knew that he was a very emotional guy and when he didn’t get his own way he would say, ‘Screw you, I’m going to go do my own thing,'” said Randy Bramblett, a personal trainer who had become friends with Chamberlain.