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Altercations in Huntington Beach escalated into a full-on riot Sunday, July 28, 2013. This video shows a POV shot in front of a porta-potty station that was wrecked by rioters. (Warning: This video contains adult language.)
WARNING: The above video includes adult language.
Update 4:26 p.m.: Minor injuries reported; police release names of those arrested
Several police officers sustained minor injuries and at least one person was admitted to the hospital and then released after being struck by a rubber bullet, though so far no one has been reported as seriously hurt, according to a police statement Monday afternoon.
In the statement, police also released the names of those arrested following the U.S. Open of Surfing, when a fight that broke out reportedly led to more widespread looting and vandalism.
Riverside resident Kyle Roger Crott, 18, was arrested and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest.
The others arrested and booked on various charges were:
- Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim: Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest
- Andres Gomez, 24, of Huntington Beach: Refuse to Disperse and Resisting Arrest
- Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana: Resisting or Delaying a Police Officer
- Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario: Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest
- Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine: Refuse to Disperse/Unlawful Assembly
- Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley: Vandalism (over $400), Urge Destruction of Property, Refuse to Disperse/Unlawful Assembly
Update 1:15 p.m.: 8 arrested, police looking for others who trashed downtown
Police Monday are looking for more troublemakers who trashed downtown Huntington Beach Sunday night at the end of the U.S. Open of Surfing. So far, eight people have been arrested for disturbing the peace and inciting a riot.
Witnesses say mostly young adults and teenagers were causing trouble Sunday night. The ruckus began after police tried to break up a fight around 7 p.m. at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Then the melee spread to downtown.
Thousands were in the area at the time, according to police.
The Vine video below apparently shows a fight that was part of what happened in Huntington Beach:
Ronda Hilsabeck and Donald Dean returned to downtown Huntington Beach and described what they saw.
They stood with their bicycles near the Easy Rider bike shop, where looters smashed a window and stole a bike.
“They ripped out stop signs all the way down Main Street,” said Hilsabeck.
“There were people on top of this Mexican restaurant down here burning American and Mexican flags,” said Dean. “I saw them climb on top, got up on the roof, took flags and took their lighters to them, and were burning them and waving them over the sidewalk, and people were hooting and hollering.”
People fought in the streets and trashed businesses. They also damaged vehicles and newspaper racks, and TV reports showed people brawling, overturning a portable toilet, rocking a truck and throwing a chair into a fountain.
Witness Terri Tomson told KPCC media partner NBC4 that she saw the crowd break out in violence when police told them to leave the area.
“They put bandanas across their mouths and they were throwing stuff,” Tomson said. “And they were saying all these negative slurs toward the peace officers. And the police just started coming. They started putting on their riot gear. You know, police have to protect our city.”
Officers fired pepper rounds to break up the melee. Police are now sifting through videos to try and identify more suspects.
Police from several cities were called in. Lt. John Domingo tells KNX-AM that arrests were made for disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly and inciting a riot.
People in the crowd are accused of looting and vandalizing businesses. One person was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer.
There were no major injuries, though some had scrapes and bruises.
The weekend surfing competition drew large crowds to Huntington Beach, a popular surfing spot.
This story has been updated.