Huntington Beach police are inviting the public to sift through more than 20 photos of possible suspects in last month’s rioting following the conclusion of an eight-day surfing competition.
As the U.S. Open of Surfing concluded July 28, some revelers swarmed up Main Street in the city’s downtown, tipping over portable toilets, rocking cars, throwing traffic cones and hot sauce bottles at police and smashing their way into a bicycle shop.
Seven people were arrested during the melee and four others have been detained since the violence, after photos and videos of the rioting went viral.
The latest batch of photos collected by police and displayed on the department’s Facebook page drew immediate reaction.
“He kinda reminds me of that guy from Jersey Shore - Pauly D?,” one viewer wrote of a dark-haired, shirtless man with tattoos on his forearms.
"Is that his name tattooed on his forearm?,” another person wondered.
There is even a call to arms by one person who viewed the gallery of photos:
“So who's this Dirt Bag? Ok, My Good FB Friends of Huntington Beach. It's time to do what we seem to do best, at times like this ..."
The snapshots captured a hodge-podge of wrongdoing – a young man ripping a stop sign from the ground, another tagging the bumper of a car, a person going after a Los Angeles Times news rack with what appears to be a restaurant chair, a man throwing an object.
“Help us identify these suspects,” the police Facebook page urges visitors.
Authorities are asking the public to send information to email@example.com or call the tip line at (714) 375-5066.
Carpio writes for Times Community News.