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Huntington Beach Officials Hold Special Meeting

Huntington Beach Officials Hold Special Meeting

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CNS) - A 19-year-old man was charged today in  connection with a riot following the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach,  while police asked for the public's help in identifying another suspect who  used a city stop sign to break the window of a bike store during the  disturbance.

City Council members, meanwhile, will hold a town hall meeting tonight  to hear from the public about Sunday's disturbance.

Chase Scott Christman of Simi Valley was charged with felony vandalism  and misdemeanor counts of inciting a riot and refusal to disperse. He was  scheduled to make his first appearance in court this afternoon.

Christman could face up to three years in prison if convicted at trial.

As the investigation into the riot continued, Huntington Beach police  released a photo of a man who used a stop sign to break the window of the  Easyrider Bike Shop, 328 Main St.

Huntington Beach investigators have eliminated Illario Niko Johnson, 18,  of West Covina, as the suspect in the photo, Huntington Beach police Lt.  Mitch O'Brien said. Johnson has been wrongly identified on various social media  sites as the perpetrator, although he is suspected of participating in the  disturbance, O'Brien said.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo was asked to call (714) 375- 5066 or email investigators at hbpdfilesgmail.com.

City leaders on Monday pledged to review what happened so they can  prevent a replay of this weekend's disturbance. Mayor Connie Boardman said a  task force of residents, business leaders and council members will be assembled  in the next two weeks.



Other suspects arrested so far in the rioting include:

-- Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim, who was booked on suspicion of  disorderly conduct and resisting arrest;

-- Andres Gomez, 24, of Huntington Beach, who was booked on suspicion of  refusing to disperse and resisting arrest;

-- Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana, who was booked on suspicion  of resisting or delaying a police officer;

-- Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario, who was booked on suspicion of  disorderly conduct and resisting arrest;

-- Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine, who was booked on suspicion of refusing  to disperse and unlawful assembly; and

-- Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside, who was booked on suspicion of  assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest.

 

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