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Ex-porn actor pleads not guilty in Hi Tops arson case

Troy Collin McCormick. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Police Department.

Troy Collin McCormick in his April 2015 booking photo, courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department

A former porn actor who allegedly started a fire at the gay sports bar Hi Tops recently has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of arson and possession of an incendiary device, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Troy Collin McCormick, 27, of San Francisco, the man accused in the incident, was booked shortly afterward and remains in custody.

Hi Tops co-owner Jesse Woodward said the incident occurred “right after we closed” early last Tuesday morning.

Woodward, who wasn’t there at the time, said McCormick brought “a shopping cart full of garbage, lit it on fire, and put it in front of our doors.” There was no damage to the bar, which is at 2247 Market Street. He said police chased McCormick, who’d made threats in the bar before, to another bar and arrested him.

Ian Armstrong, 27, who splits his time between Maui and Palm Springs said he’s McCormick’s former boyfriend, and they did “webcam modeling” together for a few months, years ago. McCormick has gone by names including Tristian Hawk, said Armstrong, who’s used the name Dmitri Navroska.

“It’s really, really surprising to me he would do something like that,” he said of the alleged April 21 incident at Hi Tops. McCormick is “more the kind of guy that would leave a bad Yelp review.”

Deputy Public Defender Eric Quandt, who noted last week that he’d just received McCormick’s case, said, “I’m concerned for how he’s doing, actually, and a little bewildered by what’s going on with him.” He indicated that McCormick’s mental health was being evaluated.

McCormick, who entered his pleas Thursday, April 23, had recently been “5150’d,” Quandt said, referring to the process where someone is held involuntarily for up to three days while they’re assessed for psychiatric disorders.

“We were the ones that called the cops on him that night,” Woodward said of that incident, which was in March.

He said the scenario was “the usual. [McCormick] came by and threatened us. We called the cops,” then followed him down to the Starbucks at 4094 18th Street. When police arrived, he said, McCormick “started freaking out.” Officers handcuffed him.

Quandt doesn’t know if McCormick has any history with drugs, and he hasn’t seen any court records showing McCormick has a history of violence. He thinks an alternative court, such as behavioral health court, may be helpful to him.

The criminal complaint against McCormick alleges that he set fire to Hi Tops itself, but as Woodward indicated, “My understanding is the building didn’t actually catch on fire,” Quandt said.

Troy Collin McCormick in an undated photo, courtesy of bigcamtube.com

Troy Collin McCormick in an undated photo, courtesy of bigcamtube.com

Armstrong said he and McCormick, who he hasn’t talked to in years, dated for a year or two.

“The thing about Troy is Troy is very calm and very collected,” Armstrong said. “He doesn’t act out. He doesn’t have anger issues.”

However, Armstrong said on “very, very rare” occasions, McCormick would become physically violent. That was “only after drinking a ton” of alcohol, though, he said.

One online reviewer of the couple’s 2011 video “Good Rough Pounding,” in which McCormick chats with viewers while preparing to have sex with Armstrong, described McCormick as an “uber-hot, sweet dom” and Armstrong as “a beautiful puppy.”

The couple are “great performers, who deserve more stars than I can give,” the reviewer – “AdmiringTheView” – said.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Clark was the prosecutor at McCormick’s arraignment, where Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman set McCormick’s bail at $200,000 and ordered him to stay at least 150 yards away from Hi Tops and one of the bartenders there.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 29, 2015 @ 4:56 pm PST
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