Chase Scott Christman Faces 3 Years for Role in Surf City Riots; Cops Close in on Stop-Sign Dude

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Has the name and address of one of the most notorious Huntington Beach riot vandals been handed to police through Facebook? And could another alleged vandal, who isn't even facing the most serious criminal charges from the incident, be looking at three years in state prison?

The photo on the opener page of the fellow who used a city stop sign to break the window of the Easyrider Bike Shop Sunday was spreading on the Interwebs yesterday before landing in the laps of Huntington Beach Police investigators. Some tips led them to West Covina, which is where 18-year-old Niko Johnson resides. Many claimed he was the guy in the images pulled from witness videos, in part because Johnson had also posted some comments on Twitter and elsewhere that read incriminating.

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Alas, Surf City detectives eliminated Johnson as the man in the photos after interrogating him, but he will likely face counts for still being involved in the disturbance, according to Huntington Beach Police's Facebook page.

Which brings us back to the I.D. of the bearded dude up top. No sooner had Huntington Beach cops posted those images on its Facebook page that they got what may be a "hit" in the comments from someone who claims to have gone to school with him and claiming he resides in Fountain Valley. (You can go to the Facebook page to see the name yourself; I'm currently withholding to protect the innocent, blah blah blah.)

Of course, having already gone down this road with Johnson, police are still soliciting tips about the guy in the shots. Call Huntington Beach Police Department's hotline at 714.375.5066 or email hbpdfiles@gmail.com to help.

Meanwhile, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced earlier that Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley, is to be arraigned in Westminster this afternoon on one felony count of vandalism, one misdemeanor count of inciting a riot, and one misdemeanor count of refusal to disperse.


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PunksNeedPunishment
PunksNeedPunishment

He should be beaten with the stop sign before being jailed so he can be beaten daily by the guards until his attitude changes.

Noé Rodríguez
Noé Rodríguez

HBPD announced they just arrested this guy... Soooo... It was him.

dfc5343
dfc5343

Make um all swim the pier during a huge south...

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Everyone is young and stupid at one point, wanna see a real riot go to Ireland, fucking snitches get stitches you fucking rats

MJS562
MJS562

Christman's from Simi Valley. Wow. I was really expecting to hear maybe Lake Elsinore or Fontana. 

bphood
bphood

msnbc said it was a white riot so none of oscar could not have been involved

Joe Cohen
Joe Cohen

Oscar Eduardo Mercado!! That's the fool in the beanie!!! Go get him

Billy Trigwell
Billy Trigwell

The guy who is facing 3 years started kicking over the porta potties. That oscar guy is a very good possibility of being the guy you smashed the window with the stop sign

Jay Grayson
Jay Grayson

Only 3 years? Pft bring out the firing squad

Jack O'Loughlin
Jack O'Loughlin

highly recruited by college football teams. you can kiss this good bye

DougieFresh
DougieFresh

hey Niko the Asshat, your a DBAG!! stay in LA you fool .shit monkeys like you sucker punching , you'll get yours little boy, Karma..look at you, all proud to be a Vandal and ignorant ass, dude your parents should be Ashamed to spawn fools like you.

dale_c
dale_c

Oh that was an entirely different douchebag....

Shawn Davis Schriner
Shawn Davis Schriner

looks and sounds like these guys have a flaming case of 'small man complex'

Chris Ray
Chris Ray

Really Joshua Waldrop?? Those pictures look pretty good to use as evidence of vandalizing. I hope all these FUCKTARDs that cause problems in my hm town pay.

Manny Reyes
Manny Reyes

Once everything has been confirmed and people arrested, the city needs to make these dumb bastards an example of what happens when you decide to act like a major fool. Make the punishments extremely harsh.

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

Joshua, read the comment again.... HBPD, he was not the stop sign guy. Although all these bums who caused the riots should be in jail.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Yes, that's what the article and police say.

Joshua Waldrop
Joshua Waldrop

Nico isn't the guy who rammed the stop sign through the window. He's the guy who sucker punched one of the locals who tried to prevent more bikes from getting stolen. They need to look again.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I was watching CBS2 news last night before bed and they had an exclusive interview with him from jail (I think with Stacey Butler, can't remember).  It was audio only.  I can't find the video on their site or online but he basically said that he did it out of adrenaline and that everyone was getting attention from fighting and then other people wanted that same attention so they started fighting and that it was all caused from a build up of adrenaline. 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Despite the city emblazoned on his shirt, if that guy with the beard is not the face of Huntington Beach, I don't know who is.....

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@nahdog321 He shut his facebook page down too. Smart move but a week too late. 

dfc5343
dfc5343

@Jack O'Loughlin Patriots may draft him...

bphood
bphood

@Jackie Fonteno white?

bphood
bphood

@Chris Ray thats why people that live in h.b. wait for fall to blow away the flakes and dry dumb leaves away before we go downtown

dfc5343
dfc5343

@Manny Reyes In Singapore it would hurt ALOT

dfc5343
dfc5343

@Joshua Waldrop REALLY...well guess what Niko your celly is Bubba and he is waiting at Terminal Is. for ya...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Joshua Waldrop Yes, Joshua, that's what cops are saying also.

dfc5343
dfc5343

@Juan Carlos 909er stay east of da 405

bphood
bphood

@Juan Carlos good stay in corona

OCgirl
OCgirl

@949girl it doesn't matter if they did it because of adrenaline. It was wrong. But it is also wrong by posting bail at $20,000. They r letting all types of people whom have done worse out of jail due to overcrowding. Jail is not the answer. Make him do right by having to clean the city for a certain amount of time. I believe he will get more out of having to "rebuild" the city instead of using taxpayers money to put someone in jail where the crime does not fit the consequences.

cincity6969
cincity6969

@OCgirl @949girl  @OCgirl......I don't know how old or how educated you are but this is the most MATURE and SMART comment that I have seen yet! More people should think like you. I'm proud to have you as an "O.C. neighbor!"

dfc5343
dfc5343

@trulvwtz @JBinOC Yea sad but true. The education system isn't what is used to be...LBC doesn't = HB...wait thats algebra

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Hey bud, when you're done trying to pick up 19 year olds at Fred's happy hour, look up "despite" in Wiktionary....

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@cincity6969 omg...I was just commenting on the ridiculous exclusive jailhouse phone interview that I heard on the CBS2 News  last night where he said he did it because of adrenaline.  More so to give a tip to the author or other commenters since it was an "exclusive" and in case anyone else was interested in his reasoning.    I think it's an absolutely ridiculous excuse btw...

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