Man who burned Confederate flag in Oceano pleads no contest

Posted at 6:07 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 21:07:49-04

The man who set fire to a Confederate flag in Oceano last weekend was arraigned in a San Luis Obispo courtroom Wednesday morning.

Mitchell Davis pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges — recklessly starting a fire and resisting an officer. A charge of falsely representing himself to a peace officer was dismissed.

The 20-year-old, who investigators say is a transient from Seattle, burned the flag on the back of Audra Headrick’s truck while it was parked outside a restaurant in Oceano Friday evening. 

The flag included a yellow smiley face and the words, "If this flag offends you, it made my day."

Someone extinguished the fire with a pitcher of water.

After reviewing surveillance tape, deputies were able to get a description of the suspect and by 5 p.m. on Saturday night, spotted Davis walking in the area of Pier Avenue.

Davis is expected to return to court for a restitution hearing in July. 

Mitchell Davis