Election night 'anarchist' wanted on arson-related charges
Portland police are asking the public to help located a known anarchist who failed to turn himself into law enforcement on arson and other charges.
Jarrid Bailey Huber, 23, of Damascus, is a white male, slightly over 6 feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. Police made the unusual decision to release Huber's mug shot Sunday, Nov. 13, to help the public identify him.
Huber had been arrested on Nov. 8 — election night — when protesters dressed in black gathered near the campaign headquarters of City Council candidate Rene Gonzalez in downtown Portland. The next day, he was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct in the second degree and interfering with a peace officer.
Huber apparently was released before the warrant for failing to turn himself in was issued. According to court records, the charges in that case are based on Huber's actions during a large protest in downtown Portland on the night of May 25, 2021.
According to the probable cause affidavit in that case, Huber helped push a dumpster against the Multnomah County Justice Center on Southwest Third Avenue and set it on fire, damaging the center. He also is accused of breaking windows at City Hall, a Starbucks and a jewelry story.
Huber also is accused of spray painting anarchist symbols on multiple buildings that night. Other charges include riot and multiple counts of criminal mischief.
After that, in October 2021, Huber was charged with helping to film and post a video online that threatened Mayor Ted Wheeler. The video that circulated in April 2021 included Wheeler's home address and scenes of destruction. He was charged with attempted coercion, harassment and disorderly conduct.
The most recent arrest occurred when Portland police broke up a direct-action protest within blocks of Gonzalez's campaign headquarters. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt described Huber as an "anarchist" in a Nov. 10 news release announcing his arraignment.
Gonzalez, a moderate attorney and businessman, defeated incumbent Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police critic at the Nov. 8 runoff election. An anonymous flyer posted on social media had previously called for a gathering near the Gonzalez headquarters on election night. It called for an "Antifa open house," referring to the far-left protest group is frequently accused of committing vandalism and clashing with police.
According to the release, on election night, "Huber and his associates were allegedly dressed in all black and wore black masks, a tactic referred to as 'black-bloc' which is used by anarchists during direct-action events." They gathered along Southwest Park Avenue, near Gonzalez's headquarters on Southwest 11th Avenue.
According to the release, "Huber and his associates were preparing for a direct-action event and allegedly pushed multiple large dumpsters into the street on Southwest Park Avenue. The dumpsters blocked the roadway in an area near an election night event."
The gathering was broken up by police.
"A Portland Police Bureau officer approached the group in his vehicle after observing the traffic obstruction. The group then allegedly pushed the dumpsters behind the officer's vehicle, blocking the street behind it. The officer exited his vehicle and commanded the group to stop, to which they questioned 'why' and began to walk away. He ordered that they stop again, and they subsequently began to run. Other officers arrived at the scene and effectuated an arrest," the release said.
Huber, 23, was arraigned on disorderly conduct in the second degree and interfering with a peace officer.
Gonzalez said he was aware of the flyer on election night, which appeared to call for vandalism at his headquarters. That could have been a serious problem, Gonzalez said, because he was hosting an election night party that included many children and senior citizens.
"I am very grateful for the actions by the Portland Police Bureau," Gonzalez told Pamplin Media Group.
The Gonzalez headquarters was controversial because the campaign rented it from developer Jordan Schnitzer for $250 a month, plus utilities. A judge cleared Gonzalez of violating city election campaign finance rules after agreeing that downtown office properties have little value because of crime, vandalism, homelessness and other ongoing problems.
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