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H.B. police release names of 7 arrested in riot

July 30, 2013|By Alicia Lopez and Anthony Clark Carpio

The Huntington Beach Police Department on Monday released the names of seven people arrested during a riot downtown following the U.S. Open of Surfing.

The following people were arrested and booked at the city jail Sunday:

•Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

•Andres Gomez, 24, of Huntington Beach, was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest.

•Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana, was arrested on suspicion of resisting or delaying a police officer.

•Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

•Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse/unlawful assembly.

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•Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism over $400, urging destruction of property and refusing to disperse/unlawful assembly.

•Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Police responded to reports of a large crowd at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, about three blocks south of the bike store, at 7:16 p.m. after the end of the eight-day surfing contest, Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitch O'Brien said Sunday. The uncooperative crowd moved into the downtown area after police tried to stop a fight. Police had the area under control by 9 p.m., he said in a statement.

Authorities also said Monday afternoon that no serious injuries were reported, though several officers suffered minor injuries and at least one person was treated at the hospital and released after being struck with a rubber projectile a law enforcement agency fired.

Meanwhile, Huntington Beach officials commended public safety officers for their quick work during Sunday's riot, but were disappointed on how the U.S. Open of Surfing ended.

"This council prioritizes the safety and comfort of our residents above all else," Mayor Connie Boardman said at a press conference Monday afternoon at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. "Our city's public safety officials demonstrated that unwavering commitment yesterday, acting quickly and responsibly to minimize the impact of the incident."

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