Alleged Huntington Beach Rioter Pleads Not Guilty

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WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A man accused of participating in the rioting in Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing pleaded not guilty on Thursday.


Illario Niko Johnson, 18

Illario Niko Johnson, 18, of Chino is accused of setting fire to a box of catalogs in the street.

He is charged with one felony count of arson of another’s property, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

He was also facing one misdemeanor count each of inciting riots, participating in an unlawful assembly and refusal to disperse, officials said.

Johnson was booked into Huntington Beach City Jail on Wednesday.

A person who identified himself as Niko Johnson posted several times about police on his Twitter account.

“To everyone that’s tryna hit me up just know that I don’t have my phone the detective had it lol,” a post on Tuesday night read.

On Wednesday, the person wrote that the detectives “sure know how to get ahold of me lol.”

“Detective Reilly was so nice right now!” another tweet read. “Why couldn’t he be like that on Monday lol”

If convicted, he faces a sentence ranging from probation to three years in state prison.

Johnson’s bail was set at $20,000. His┬ánext court date was scheduled for Aug. 9.

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