Alleged "Surf City" Rioter Surrenders to Police

Images of the 20-year-old were captured by witnesses to the chaos

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013  |  Updated 7:26 PM PDT
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Alleged "Surf City" Rioter Turns Self In

Huntington Beach Police Department via Facebook

Eliyahu Reuven Jackson, 20, surrendered to police Aug. 6, 2013, on charges he participated in a violent crowd that raged through Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing ended.

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A 20-year-old man turned himself into police Tuesday on charges of participating in the rioting that followed the end of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

Eliyahu Reuven Jackson was booked into the Huntington Beach city jail in lieu of $20,000 bail on two felony counts of vandalism causing $400 damage or more and one misdemeanor count each of inciting a riot, refusal to disperse and assault, the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a Facebook post.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday and could face nearly four years in prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson is accused of damaging newspaper stands and the city of Huntington Beach's public works trucks.

Multiple people, including firefighter, have been arrested in connection with the chaos that erupted after the end of the U.S. Open of Surfing July 28.

Illario Niko Johnson, 18, of Chino, pleaded not guilty Aug. 1 to setting fires on Main Street during the rioting. Johnson is due back in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.

Last week, Huntington Beach police arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of throwing glass bottles at police officers on Main Street and tipping over portable restrooms.

He was charged in juvenile court with felony vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing to disperse when ordered and was taken to Orange County Juvenile Hall.

A Fullerton firefighter, Michael John Lytle, was arrested Sunday, but has not been charged thus far. The 30-year-old Anaheim resident was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and was placed on paid administrative leave from his job.

Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley pleaded not guilty last week to felony vandalism and misdemeanor counts of inciting a riot and refusal to disperse. He's due to return to court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing and could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

About 250 officers from Huntington Beach and neighboring law enforcement agencies were brought in to control the mob after the surfing event.

Anyone with more information regarding the names or whereabouts of other suspects was asked to call Sgt. Jerry Abrahams at (714) 536-5649 or (714) 375- 5066, or email investigators at hbpdfiles@gmail.com.

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