Surf City Riot: Facebook tip leads to arrest in Huntington Beach vandalism

Huntington Beach police Facebook photos

Courtesy Huntington Beach Police Department

Police have uploaded an album of suspect images to their Facebook page in the hopes that witnesses will help them identify rioters who broke windows and overturned portable bathrooms after July's U.S. Open of Surfing.

Authorities in a Southern California beach community tracked down a suspected vandal after police say he "liked" photos of damaged patrol cars on the department's Facebook page.

Huntington Beach police say 18-year-old Luis Enrique Rodriguez of Anaheim was taken into custody Friday on vandalism charges for allegedly scrawling obscenities on the side of police cruisers.

The Orange County Register reported Sunday that police identified Rodriguez after the Facebook activity produced a series of tips.

Huntington Beach police posted an account of the arrest on their Facebook page, saying:

August 16, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, 18 years old of Anaheim, was arrested on our warrant for his arrest by the Anaheim Police Department. HBPD had obtained a warrant for his arrest for vandalism after our investigation showed him writing “f*ck the pigs” on the sides of police cars at the scene. Mr. Rodriguez, apparently proud of his actions, “liked” the Huntington Beach Police Department’s picture #15 and shared it with his friends, which was noticed by numerous fans of our Facebook page and a series of tips leading to his identification.

Police have uploaded a slew of images from July's riot to Facebook, in the hopes that the public would help identify those pictured. Several other suspects have turned themselves in since their photos were added to HBP's album, police said. 

The damage took place during a riot last month that followed a surfing tournament in Huntington Beach.

An off-duty firefighter was among those arrested after a mob broke windows, looted and fought along the downtown streets.

Rodriguez was arrested by Anaheim police.

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