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Do you know this bro? Huntington Beach police search social media for suspect tips

"POLICE SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECT," the Huntington Beach Police Department posted on its Facebook page.
"POLICE SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECT," the Huntington Beach Police Department posted on its Facebook page. Image via HBPD

Huntington Beach police are pounding the social media pavement to identify suspects in the riotous violence that followed the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 28.

Witnesses continue to direct their photos and videos to the attention of authorities via TwitterInstagram and Facebook

Several people have already been arrested in connection with the melee which saw an angry crowd pitch a destructive street tantrum this past weekend in Orange County.

Simi Valley resident Chase Scott Christman — charged with felony vandalism and misdemeanor counts of inciting a riot and refusal to disperse — made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon, KPCC has confirmed. 

Christman has a pre-trial set for Aug. 7, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 9. He entered a plea of "not guilty," and was released on his own recognisance, with no bail set. If convicted at a trial, Christman could face up to three years in prison.

Officials are presently asking for the public's help to identify another suspect, this one seen hurling a stop sign through the window of a bicycle shop.

According to HBPD Lt. Mitch O'Brien, Illario Niko Johnson, 18, was wrongly identified through social media, and has been eliminated as a suspect in the store window smashing. 

WHAT THE POLICE ARE SEEING

"POLICE SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECT," the Huntington Beach Police Department writes on its Facebook page. "We are in the process of sifting through all social media to identify ANYBODY involved... if you have photos or video we ask that you please send them to HBPDFiles@gmail.com or call our Hotline at 714 375-5066," they urge.

Here's a sample of the response:

MORE ARRESTS

The following suspected rioters were also arrested:

-- 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 of

WHAT'S NEXT

City Council members plan to hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday night to hear from the public about Sunday's disturbance. Mayor Connie Boardman said a task force of residents, business leaders and council members will be assembled in the next two weeks.

With contributions by Brian Frank

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