Police tally 11 arrests in riot case

Transient is held on various charges related to the violent disturbance after the U.S. Open of Surfing.

August 07, 2013|By Anthony Clark Carpio

A transient pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from his alleged participation in the Huntington Beach disturbance following the U.S. Open of Surfing, according to court officials.

Eli Reuven Jackson, 20, was arrested on suspicion of assault, vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing police orders to disperse after he turned himself in Tuesday, according to a Huntington Beach Police Department news release.

Police said Jackson, whose last known address is Sunset Beach, may have participated in damaging newspaper stands on Main Street and a Public Works Department truck on Olive Avenue.


He was released on his own recognizance. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15 while a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 19 in the West Justice Center in Westminster, the court clerk said.

His family positively identified him, according to a Facebook post by the Police Department.

Jackson is the 11th person to be arrested in association with the July 28 unrest, which damaged businesses along Main Street at the conclusion of the world renown surfing competition.

Police are continuing to identify and arrest more suspects tied with the disturbance. A photo album was created on the department’s Facebook page, which included more than 20 pictures of potential suspects they hope the public can help name.

About 250 officers, including 148 from 21 neighboring police agencies, quelled the unruly crowd.

City Hall is still waiting for damage estimates and cleanup costs, city spokeswoman Laurie Frymire wrote in an email.

On July 31, police arrested a second juvenile, a 17-year-old from Huntington Beach, for allegedly throwing a beer can at officers and committing acts of vandalism, according to an HBPD Facebook post.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer, vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing orders to disperse, according to the statement. He was booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall.

Another suspect, Chase Scott Christman, appeared at his pretrial hearing Wednesday at the West Justice Center.

A court official said he was required to attend daily self-help meetings and wear an alcohol-monitoring device. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Christman, 19, of Simi Valley, pleaded not guilty July 30 to charges of vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing to disperse. He faces up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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