Charges, punishments handed to Huntington Beach rioters

The conclusion of the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing sparked madness in downtown Huntington Sunday, with attendees and beachgoers throwing various items through the streets, breaking windows, attacking cars and prompting a police response before things calmed down.

Now, several arrested following the mayhem have been charged with everything from vandalism, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot.

The much-publicized photos of the riots led to a social media manhunt for the man seen above driving a stop sign through a store window. But, like in the case of the Boston Bombing, the group consensus has proven to be wrong.

Huntington Beach police said detectives had spoken to Illario Niko Johnson, 18, and although charges “are expected” against the West Covina resident in connection with the disturbance, his alleged actions were “not related to the window smash.”

"He is not the suspect in the photograph," police said in a statement.

Read more over at L.A. Now.

Photos: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, Christina House / For The Times

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