Illario Niko Johnson, Cleared Yesterday as One Surf City Rioter, Arrested for Arson and More
When Huntington Beach Police revealed Tuesday that Illario Niko Johnson had been eliminated as the vandal suspected of smashing a Main Street bike store window with a stop sign, officers added something curious: Just because the Chino 18-year-old was not the bearded man from witness cell phone videos spreading throughout social media, that did not mean law enforcement did not harvest other video that implicated Johnson in a crime.
Well, thanks for that Easter egg, HBPD: today Johnson was arrested on suspicion of felony arson, inciting a riot, participating in an unlawful assembly and refusing to disperse when ordered, police announced.
The police department's Facebook page credits
"the help of information provided by the public" with pointing them to Johnson "as one of the participants who was setting fires on Main Street."
We'd mentioned him Tuesday here:
That story includes examples of Johnson apparently bragging about being involved on Twitter. He may now want to tweet for a little help in raising $20,000 bail, the amount set when he was booked into the Huntington Beach City Jail and that the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) will be seeking at his scheduled arraignment Thursday in Westminster.
An OCDA arraignment statement adds this: "Johnson is accused setting fire to a box of catalogs in the street and is charged with one felony count of arson of another's property, and one misdemeanor count each of inciting riots, participating in a rout and unlawful assembly, and refusal to disperse. ... If convicted, he faces a sentencing ranging from probation up to three years in state prison."
Meanwhile, Surf City detectives are still looking for the stop-sign dude as well as other riot participants. Call Huntington Beach Police Department's hotline at 714.375.5066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
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