Arrest after Facebook tip in Calif. riot vandalism

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in a Southern California beach community say they tracked down a suspected vandal after he "liked" photos on the police department's Facebook page of patrol cars damaged in a riot that followed a popular surf contest.

Huntington Beach police say 18-year-old Luis Enrique Rodriguez of Anaheim was taken into custody Friday on vandalism charges for allegedly scrawling obscenities on the side of police cruisers.

The Orange County Register reported Sunday ( http://bit.ly/16X9HD2) that investigators identified Rodriguez after the activity on the Huntington Beach Police Department's Facebook page produced a series of tips.

The damage took place during mob violence last month that followed a surfing tournament in the community.

An off-duty firefighter was among those arrested after a mob broke windows, looted and fought along the downtown streets.

Rodriguez was arrested by Anaheim police.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com


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