SANTA MONICA—A second suspect connected to a tear gas incident on the Santa Monica Pier in October 2019 has been arrested. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, an assault occurred at the Pier on October 19, when two organized groups (Pro-Trump / Anti-Trump) confronted each other.

According to the SMPD, at some point during the confrontation, two subjects began spraying the crowd with pepper/bear spray in indiscriminate directions.  One subject, David Dempsey, was detained and arrested at the scene.

During the investigation, the second subject involved has been identified as Jospeh Krongchana, 48, of San Gabriel.

On Friday, December 6 Santa Monica Detectives served a search warrant at Krongchana’s home.  During the search, evidence was recovered, which included chemical spray canisters similar to what was used on the Santa Monica Pier.  Krongchana was arrested and transported to the SMPD Jail.

Krongchana was arrested for 22810(G)(1) PC – Use or Possession of Tear Gas.

Canyon News reached out to Lieutenant Candice Cobarrubias at the Santa Monica Police Department requesting more information about the type of chemical spray that was used, but did not hear back before print.