CAPITOL RIOT: Parkersburg politician Eric Barber says he isn’t guilty of invading US Capitol and posing for selfies in the Rotunda — just like he wasn’t DUI before losing race for reelection to City Council
Separately, on January 9, 2021, Tipster #4 provided a link to a Facebook post by Facebook Group: WoodCountyIndivisible in which the tipster notes the man “circled” wearing a green combat style helmet and a green military-style field jacket is BARBER. This photograph was attributed to Twitter User 1. The photograph of BARBER included on the bottom right depicting BARBER in a white shirt with the Capitol in the background, is
BARBER’s Facebook profile photograph which was updated on December 30, 2020, according to BARBER’s Facebook page (Image 4 below).
From the affidavit of charges by the FBI against Eric Barber
From January 8 – 13, 2021, the FBI received seven tips, either directly via the FBI tip line or those that were forwarded to the FBI from the Metropolitan Police Department, identifying Eric Gene BARBER’s presence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Four tipsters identified BARBER as a former city councilman from Parkersburg, West Virginia
(WV). One tipster identified BARBER’s Facebook account as “eric.barber.399”.
On January 8, 2021, Tipster #1 provided information stating that an individual on the FBI wanted list was possibly BARBER, a former councilman for the city of Parkersburg, WV. The tipster claimed BARBER did a live stream via Facebook showing he was at the Capitol. The tipster was unsure if BARBER was in the Capitol building. The tipster provided BARBER’s Facebook account identified above.
Also on January 8, 2021, Tipster #2 provided information regarding a news publication on January 7, 2021, in Parkersburg, WV called The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that ran an article titled “Parkersburg man shares experience from the U.S. Capitol.”1 The article summarized an interview of Eric BARBER, “a former Parkersburg City Councilman,” who provided a summary of his experience at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The article
included three photographs from BARBER, one which depicted individuals scaling a wall outside the Capitol (Image 1 below), a second showing protestors heading to what looks like a broken window at the Capitol (Image 2 below), and the third pictured protestors standing on the grounds immediately outside the Capitol (Image 3 below). These images were provided by BARBER from his Facebook account.
FBI SAYS VIDEO SHOWS EX-PARKERSBURG COUNCILMAN STEALING POWERSTATION FROM MEDIA STAND IN CAPITOL
As seen in the USCP CCTV footage still photograph above, BARBER appears to be looking at an item at the C-SPAN media stand. This video clearly depicts BARBER searching through items at the media stand, before appearing to unplug something and take it with him. Based upon BARBER’s activity at the stand, your affiant believed that BARBER took a portable power station from the media stand