Updated: Huntington Beach riot suspect pleads not guilty

Huntington Beach riot on Main St, 7/28/2013

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A couple of altercations on Main Street in Huntington Beach July 28 escalated into a riot with multiple fights, public property destruction and alleged stabbings following the last day of the U.S. Open of Surfing. (File photo: Here's a POV in front of a porta potty station that got completely wrecked. Sucks to be stuck in one of those.

A man accused of vandalism during rioting that followed the end of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach pled not guilty Wednesday in an Orange County court.

Eliyahu Reuven Jackson, 20, of Sunset Beach was ordered released from the Huntington Beach city jail without having to post bail. He was arraigned on two felony counts of  vandalism causing $400 damage or more and one misdemeanor count each of inciting a riot, refusal to disperse and assault.

Jackson, who is accused of damaging newspaper stands and the city of Huntington Beach's public works trucks, could face nearly four years in prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Illario Niko Johnson, 18, of Chino, pleaded not guilty August 1 to setting fires on Main Street during the rioting. Johnson is due back in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.

Last week, Huntington Beach police arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of throwing glass bottles at police officers on Main Street and tipping over portable restrooms. He was charged in juvenile court with felony vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing to disperse and was taken to Orange County Juvenile Hall.

A Fullerton firefighter, Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested Sunday, but has not been charged. The Anaheim resident was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and was placed on paid administrative leave from his job.      

Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley pleaded not guilty last week to felony vandalism and misdemeanor counts of inciting a riot and refusal to disperse. He's due to return to court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing and could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

About 250 officers from Huntington Beach and neighboring law enforcement agencies were brought in to control the mob after the surfing event.  

Jackson was ordered to appear in court again on Aug. 15 for a pretrial hearing.

This story has been updated.

With contributions by Corey Moore

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