Huntington Beach Riot: Now The Reckoning, Rioters Arrested And Charged

The after effects of the Huntingdon Beach riot last weekend are now being felt.

Michael John Lytle, 30, a resident of Anaheim and a city firefighter, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing. Gretchen Beatty, director of human resources for the city of Fullerton, confirmed that Lytle was hired as a firefighter in February 2008. He has been placed on paid leave while “there is an investigation on the personnel side.”

Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony vandalism misdemeanor, inciting a riot, and refusing to disperse when ordered to do so by the police.. He was the first to be arraigned for Sunday’s riot.

The rioters threw traffic cones and wooden planks and also pushed over some portable restrooms, causing sewage to flow into the street. They also tried to flip over a city pickup truck. The police fired pepper balls and non-lethal projectiles to control the crowd.

Five other people were also arrested, including Huntington Beach resident Andres Gomez, 24. He was booked for resisting arrest and refusing to disperse when instructed.

Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana; Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario; Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine and Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside were also booked on the same charges as Gomez.

Police indicated that there could be further arrests in connection with the Huntingdon Beach riot.

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