DA Mike Schmidt Announces Guilty Plea, Judge’s Sentence in 2021 Protest-Related Case

May 2, 2023

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Jarrid Bailey Huber, 23, pled guilty to one count of Arson in the Second Degree, one count of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and one count of Riot, stemming from a civil unrest event in 2021. On April 26, Judge Benjamin Soude sentenced Huber to 60 months of probation and ordered him to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the organizations and businesses that he damaged. 

The charges stem from an incident on May 25, 2021, when a group of over 100 people assembled near the Justice Center in downtown Portland. During the incident, Huber played a part in pushing a dumpster against the Justice Center and starting a fire in it, which blocked traffic and resulted in minor damage to the building. He proceeded to vandalize multiple 

buildings downtown, including the Starbucks located at SW 2nd and Main and a jewelry store. He was ordered to pay restitution to Starbucks in the amount of $11,983 and to Estate Jewelry Co. in the amount of $8,622.

“My office issued nearly 200 protest-related cases between 2020 and 2022 for criminal prosecution, prioritizing arson, property damage, weapons offenses, theft, and person crimes,” said DA Mike Schmidt. “This case is a good example that, while it may take some time to complete the prosecutorial process, we will see these cases through and hold people accountable for destructive behavior. I’m grateful for the investigative work by Portland Police officers and detectives in this case, and for Judge Souede in issuing his sentence accordingly.”