Police identify those arrested in Huntington Beach riots

A man appears to celebrate after a stop sign was smashed through the window of a Huntington Beach bike shop.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The Huntington Beach Police Department on Monday released the names of seven people arrested in the downtown riots Sunday night, though additional arrests are likely as police comb through photos and videos shot during the disturbance.

The violence erupted Sunday evening after the U.S. Open of Surfing, a two-week contest.

As the crowd left the beach and moved up Main Street, some people began tipping over portable trash cans, fights broke out, a stop sign was used to smash the window of a bicycle shop and looters grabbed merchandise from stores.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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 a hospital and released after being struck with a rubber projectile fired by a law enforcement officer.


Police are looking at videos and photos from residents and social media to identify additional suspects involved in criminal activity, according to Monday’s statement.

Previous reports said eight people had been arrested, but police were not immediately available to explain whether there was an eighth arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to email or call the police hotline at (714) 375-5066.



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Alicia Lopez and Anthony Clark Carpio write for Times Community News.