it took six Selma Police officers on Tuesday, April 17, to restrain and arrest a 46-year-old homeless man on felony charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, inflicting serious injury; malicious conduct by a prisoner and one misdemeanor count of assault on a government official.
The incident happened at 2:55 p.m. at 204 Ricks Road. Eric Barnes, homeless, Greensboro, was transported to the Johnston County Jail on a $500,000 secured bond. His first appearance in district court was Wednesday, April 18.
Police said someone called about a man lying in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church, 204 Ricks Rd., near the intersection of Raiford Road. Three officers were dispatched to the scene.
Police had already responded the night before regarding a man who was trespassing on church property.
When police asked Barnes what he was doing on the property and said he appeared to have a blank stare. Police said Barnes was asked to present identification and he refused.
Police said several officers attempted to restrain him. With his upper body strength, police said it was impossible to cuff him. Two officers then did a leg sweep and placed Barnes face down on the ground.
Barnes got his arm loose, police said, and started elbowing one officer in the face. Another officer said Barnes had grabbed and was squeezing the officer’s genitals. The officer struck Barnes in the face to force him to let go but the officer said the blows to Barnes’ face weren’t fazing him.
Barnes was then knee speared in the lower black and upper thick that was ineffective, police said. A police officer said he grabbed his taser and attempted to tase Barnes’ left thigh.
Because Barnes was wearing three or four pair of pants, three or four shirts and a coat, the taser was ineffective, police said.
Police then attempted to tase exposed parts of Barnes’ body but it was ineffective. Police said he still showed no signs of pain or ending the resistance.
Police were able to get Barnes’ hands off the one officer’s genitals but were unable to get his right.
One police officer said Barnes rolled over to his right side, kicked him in the chest and knocked him over.
As the officer got up, he said another officer sprayed Barnes directly in his eyes with pepper spray that police said had no effect. Barnes still had a blank stare with intent to harm someone, police said.
Police said an officer was attempting to put Barnes back on his stomach. He said he began doing knee spears to Barnes’ stomach and then Barnes started to kick again.
The officer then struck Barnes in the head with elbow strikes and was then able to roll him onto his stomach.
The officer who rolled Barnes onto his stomach said another officer was able to get out on his lapel mike that they were fighting this male suspect.
Police said they heard sirens coming. They continued to grab and strike Barnes and still couldn’t get his hands behind his back.
One officer then yelled that Barnes was trying to bite his hand and the other officers were able to get the officer’s hand away from Barnes’ mouth.
Police said Barnes then began spitting saliva with blood at one officer getting it all over his arms and uniform.
Police said they were starting to tire from the fight but one officer was able to get on top of Barnes’ back and they were able to hold him in position until other units arrived.
Three other officers arrived and they were finally able to get cuffs on Barnes’ wrists and leg shackles on this ankles.
Johnston County EMS was called to the scene to treat police officers’ and Barnes’ injuries.
At that point, Barnes said, “I’m running for governor, I don’t wish to press charges. Take these cuffs off of me or just kill me.”
While in the patrol car, Barnes said, “Lord forgive them for they know not what they are doing. I am going to beat Gov. Roy Cooper in the next election and I will be Governor of the United States. I’m doing this for my family because Donald Trump took my Jolie!”