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Rioting After U.S. Open of Surfing

At least eight people were arrested when rioting erupted following the close of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. rioting-piuc

People threw bottles, knocked over portable toilets, and even used a stop sign to smash the front window of a bike shop.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Huntington Beach police identified another man Tuesday they believe was involved in the rioting that broke out at the close of the U.S. Open of Surfing July 28.

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Eli Rueven Jackson, 20

Eli Rueven Jackson, 20, was allegedly seen on video committing several acts of vandalism, according to a police department press release.

A warrant was issued for Jackson after he was identified by family, according to the release.

Jackson, said to be a transient in Sunset Beach, was described by authorities as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 152 pounds.

During the riot, crowds of people vandalized city property after the close of the annual Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

They tipped over portable toilets, smashed through a store window with a stop sign and looted, injuring some police officers.

Police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets to control the crowd.

Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts was asked to contact authorities at 714-536-5653.

Illario Niko Johnson, 18, also accused of participating in the rioting, has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of arson of another’s property,

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.

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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 next court date was scheduled for Aug. 9.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — A special city council meeting was held in Huntington Beach on Tuesday to address the riots that erupted after the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Hundreds of residents and business owners packed City Hall to voice their concerns about Sunday’s violence.

hb-riotsCrowds of people vandalized city property after the close of the annual Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

They tipped over portable toilets, smashed through a store window with a stop sign and looted, injuring some police officers.

Police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets to control the crowd.

On Tuesday, concerned citizens asked that changes be made to the event, which many said attracts troublemakers.

All but one of the seven people arrested on Sunday were visitors.

Many residents expressed anger at the response time to the incident, saying it took at least 15 minutes for police to arrive on scene.

“I want the city to start responding to the needs of the people that live in downtown, not just the vendors, bars and restaurants that seem to have so much influence,” one resident said.

“That means more resources, more planning and more common sense when it comes to events like the U.S. Open,” he said.

One of those arrested during the disturbance was 30-year-old Fullerton firefighter Michael John Lytle, Huntington Beach police said.

The Anaheim resident, who joined the Fullerton Fire Department in 2008, was facing charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“This is not something that I would have expected from this individual or any firefighter for that matter,” Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe said.

“Traditionally, we’re held in pretty high esteem in the community. For any organization when something like this happens, it’s not a good thing.”

Lytle was placed on administrative leave as the department and police conducted separate investigations, Knabe said.

Another alleged rioter in hot water was 19-year-old Chase Scott Chrisman, of Simi Valley. He was charged on Tuesday with vandalism, inciting a riot and refusal to disperse.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) – Police asked the public for help Tuesday in identifying the person who used a city stop sign to break the window of a bike shop in Huntington Beach Sunday night after rioting broke out at the close of the U.S. Open of Surfing.

easyrider-suspect-postVideo posted to YouTube shows people ripping down a stop sign and using it to shatter the front window of the Easyrider Bike Shop.

Somebody stole a bike before others in the crowd persuaded the looters to stop, witnesses said.

Pictures of the window smashing incident went viral but police were unable to identify the person holding the stop sign.

Authorities asked that anyone with information contact the Huntington Beach Police Department hotline at 714-375-5066.

Police also urged anyone with video or pictures to email them to hbpdfiles@gmail.com.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Seven people were arrested in Huntington Beach Sunday night after rioting broke out at the close of the U.S. Open of Surfing.

The Huntington Beach City Council initially reported that eight people were arrested.

However, on Monday police confirmed that nine people had been taken into custody, but only seven had been arrested.

  • Michael John Lytle – Anaheim 30 years old – disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
  • Andres Gomez – Huntington Beach 24 years old – refusal to disperse and resisting arrest
  • Michael Anthony Avila – Santa Ana 28 years old – resisting or delaying a police officer
  • Joseph Minterrosa – Ontario 28 years old – disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
  • Adam A Cecot – Irvine 18 years old – refusal to disperse/unlawful assembly
  • Chase Scott Christian – Simi Valley 19 years old – vandalism (over $400), urge destruction of property, refusal to disperse/unlawful assembly
  • Kyle Roger Crott – Riverside 18 years old – assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest
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Looters broke into a Huntington Beach bike shop. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The violent behavior erupted around 7 p.m. at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway near the Huntington Beach Pier

Officers were trying to disperse crowds after the end of the event.

It remained unclear exactly what prompted the violence to start.

The unruly crowd broke windows, pushed over portable toilets and damaged city signs and vehicles, Huntington Beach police said.

Some people were throwing bottles and others were fighting, and at least one store was looted.

Video posted to YouTube shows people ripping down a stop sign and using it to shatter the front window of a bike shop.

Somebody stole a bike before others in the crowd persuaded the looters to stop, witnesses said.

“It really started when a ketchup bottle came from the top story of a bar and exploded,” witness Kyle Calder said.

“Kid didn’t know what to do with it, threw it into the crowd. Couple more fights broke out. That’s when the cops came, and everything went mayhem from there.”

Huntington Beach police had to call in help from neighboring police departments.

Officers dressed in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to get people to disperse.

“We couldn’t even see. We were like on the ground hiding behind plants and stuff,” witness “Allie” recalled.

“The cops were like hitting people and they had like rubber bullets and they shot some guy in the face like right in front of us,” she said. “We were just sprinting down Main Street.”

By about 9:30 p.m., police had finally gained control of the crowd. Several officers were injured, but none seriously, police said.

At least one of the arrests was for assaulting a police officer, officials said.

Police urged anyone with video or pictures to email them to hbpdfiles@gmail.com. You can also call the police hotline at 714 375-5066 with any information.

Police were asking anyone who may have pictures or video of the chaos to turn it in to authorities they can track down those responsible.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Rioting broke out near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street on Sunday evening, but was quelled within a few hours.

The unrest occurred while officers were attempting to disperse crowds following the close of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing around 5 p.m.

The Huntington Beach Police Department requested help from other law-enforcement agencies to help clear the streets, Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said.

The area was declared an unlawful assembly and police moved in to make arrests, a Huntington Beach Police Department press release stated.

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Police reported a civil disturbance in downtown Huntington Beach Sunday evening.

There was damage to property, including several portable toilets that were pushed over, witness Francisco Gomez told KTLA.

Officers used pepper spray on individuals in the mob, Gomez said.

Video obtained by KTLA showed people pushing over portable toilets and fighting in downtown Huntington Beach.

Several police cruisers were damaged and windows were broken along Main Street, Lt. O’Brien said.

A number of people were arrested, he added.

Authorities were able to gain control of the downtown area by 10 p.m.

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