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Californian Firefighter Arrested On Riot-Related Charges

Time To Grow Up, Bud

A FULLERTON (Calif.) FIREFIGHTER HAS BEEN placed on administrative leave after being arrested in connection with a drunken riot in Huntington Beach on July 28.

Orange County Register

Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  He was one of at least ten people arrested so far following the costly riot in the town streets following a weekend surfing festival that was apparently fueled by alcohol and drugs.

KABC-TV tells us:

Fullerton officials confirmed Lytle was hired as a firefighter by the city of Fullerton on Feb. 11, 2008. The suspect was off-duty at the time of the incident but has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Huntington Beach Police Chief Kenneth Small says it took about two hours for nearly 300 police officers and personnel from other area departments to break up fights during the riots. Several police cars, city vehicles and businesses were also damaged during the riot.

"The officers, in my view, used an incredible amount of restraint in the way they responded to people who had absolutely no regard for their safety throwing very dangerous objects at us for absolutely no reason," said Small.


KNBC-TV adds:

The violence began after the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which includes surfing, skateboarding and BMX biking events. Several witnesses told NBC4 the disturbance started with a fistfight in downtown Huntington Beach. City vehicles, newspaper racks, street signs, portable toilets and other items were damaged in the wave of violence on and near Main Street.


In an updated STORY HERE the Los Angeles Times reports on the arrest of one of the key suspects that the police have been looking for:

One of the men, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, 18, of Anaheim, who is believed to have written expletives on the sides of police cars, indirectly helped authorities track him down, police said.

"Mr. Rodriguez, apparently proud of his actions, 'liked' the Huntington Beach Police Department's picture #15 and shared it with his friends, which was noticed by numerous fans of our Facebook page and a series of tips leading to his identification," police said in a statement posted on the department's Facebook page.

Anthony Abadier, 20, of Huntington Beach allegedly smashed newspaper stands with a skateboard, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, participating in an unlawful assembly and refusing to disperse when ordered, police said.

A 17-year-old male from West Covina was released to his parents on charges of felony vandalism, inciting a riot and refusing to disperse after he turned himself in to Huntington Beach police on Tuesday, according to the department.

"Our investigation shows him damaging the portable toilets and attempting to tip over a public works truck," the police statement said.

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