Seattle 'Superhero' Detained, Accused Of Assault

Dec 8, 2004
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Usually this works the other way around.

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Seattle police say a self-proclaimed superhero who calls himself "Phoenix Jones" was arrested after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.

Wearing a mask and bulging muscle bodysuit, this would-be vigilante said he was only trying to stop a brawl.

The encounter happened outside a nightclub early Sunday. Police said two men chased after Jones. Officers broke up the two parties and arrested the costumed 23-year-old.

Jones released a video on his Facebook page which he said shows that he used the spray after being attacked. He said he wouldn't "ever assault or hurt another person if they were not causing harm to another human being."

According to Jones' Facebook page:

MY WIFE AND I HAVE DECIDED TO POST THE VIDEO OF THE RECENT INCIDENT THAT HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS THE VIDEO WILL BE POSTED IN ITS ENTIRETY UNEDITED RAW FOOTAGE THERE WILL BE SCREEN SHOTS TO BETTER VIEW THE CRIME I WITNESSED AND STOPPED ALSO IF YOU KNOW THE PERSON INVOLVED IN THE HIT AND RUN/ATTEMPTED MURDER OF THE MAN I SAVED PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE (I HAVE A SCREEN SHOT OF THE LICENSE PLATE AND WILL PROVIDE IT TO THE POLICE ALONG WITH YOUR STATEMENT) AS SOON AS MY LEGAL TEAM HAS FULLY REVIEWED THE VIDEO I WILL POST IT FOR YOU HERE (HOPEFULLY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW HOURS)​
Jones and supporters have been conducting late night patrols since last year in Seattle.

In early January, Jones made national headlines after reportedly stopping a grand theft auto.

"From the right, this guy comes dashing in, wearing this skin-tight rubber, black and gold suit, and starts chasing him away," the would-be victim, identified only as Dan, told local KIRO following the incident.

Jones is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.


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I had a gig like this once. My name was Tatum Shredly. I had to retire when a group of blacks chased me through east northport and I shattered my legs when my umbrella didn't open correctly after jumping off the library.
 

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That guy is effing mental. Read a GQ article about him.... There's just something not quite right with that boy...
 

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I'm also skillful in run on sentences.
 

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The only Seattle superhero I recognize is Speed Walker, the super hero who fights crime while maintaining strict adherence to the regulations of the International Speed Walking Association.
 

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That guy is effing mental. Read a GQ article about him.... There's just something not quite right with that boy...
Read that same article, he is fucking certifiable. Especially when he went into that drug neighborhood and confronted four or five drug dealers.
 

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So when a girl chases him, he runs away?

Great super hero.
 

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THE SUPERHERO IS A Ni---





October 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Phoenix Jones, real-life Seattle superhero, unmasked in court

Phoenix Jones appears in court; vows to keep fighting crime
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan



COURTNEY BLETHEN RIFFKIN / SEATTLE TIMES
Phoenix Jones, the 23-year-old self-proclaimed crime fighter, was at the King County Adult Detention, Thursday. Jones, whose real name is Benjamin Fodor, was arrested Sunday on investigation of four counts of fourth-degree assault.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... some dude! | GQ magazine
-- From Times staff reporter Jonathan Martin:

Self-style superhero Phoenix Jones appeared in court Thursday morning to fight allegations lodged against his real identity, Benjamin John Francis Fodor.

Criminal charges have not been filed against Fodor. Prosecutors told the judge they needed more time to decide whether to file charges.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for investigation of assault after he allegedly broke up a fight using pepper spray. Fodor spent about seven hours in jail before posting $3,800 bail.

On Thursday morning, Fodor sat in the front row of the King County Jail courtroom, but when the hearing concluded he tore off his dress shirt to reveal his signature black and green superhero costume. He briefly spoke to the media after the hearing.

"I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight," he said. "In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother. I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else."

Fodor then stomped off with his lawyer, Matt Hartman, without taking any questions.

Hartman told the media that his client "stands for all that is right and good."

Jones and supporters in the Rain City Superhero Movement have been conducting late night patrols since last year in Seattle.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theblotter/2016492053_phoenix_jones_appears_in_court.html
 

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So that's what happened to Kid of Kid n Play.

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I'd hide my face too if I had an 80's fro that God aweful.
 

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*Update*
'Superhero' won't face charges in pepper-spray incident

"Proof problems" were behind Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes' decision Wednesday not to file misdemeanor assault charges against Benjamin Fodor, the 23-year-old self-proclaimed superhero better known as Phoenix Jones.

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter

Proof problems were behind Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes' decision Wednesday not to file misdemeanor assault charges against Benjamin Fodor, the 23-year-old self-proclaimed superhero better known as Phoenix Jones.

Fodor was arrested Oct. 9 after he pepper-sprayed a group of people near First Avenue and Columbia Street, claiming he was attempting to break up a fight. Members of the group told officers they were fooling around and dancing in the street, not fighting.

In a news release, Holmes said a complicating factor in the investigation was Fodor's claim that he was coming to the aid of people involved in an altercation. State law allows a person to use force if he or she reasonably believes someone is about to be injured, so long as the force is not excessive.

While members of Holmes' staff interviewed two of the four alleged victims, "the two men at the heart of the alleged fight ran from the scene, and attempts to identify and interview them have been unsuccessful," the release says. As a result, Holmes determined it is unlikely a jury would find beyond a reasonable doubt "that Fodor intentionally sprayed all of the people at the scene," it says.

Still, Holmes warned that Fodor could be opening himself up to civil litigation "if he persists with his vigilante alter ego." He also said he would ask state lawmakers to enact legislation barring individuals from carrying large quantities of pepper spray, like the can Fodor used to spray the group.

"Mr. Fodor is no hero, just a deeply misguided individual. He has been warned that his actions put himself in danger, and this latest episode demonstrates that innocent bystanders can also be harmed," Holmes said in the news release.

Jones is the leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, according to one of his Facebook pages. He claims he is a symbol "that the average person doesn't have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing." He wears a masked costume and identifies himself as "a crime fighter from Seattle."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016840461_phoenixjones24m.html
 

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When this thread got bumped I figured he was dead. Glad he's not, he has the best hair since Kid and Play.
 

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Apparently there is a sudden rise out there....
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Superheroes Inc. – Does Seattle need Phoenix Jones and his superhero team?

The superhero phenomenon in Seattle led by Phoenix Jones is becoming a staple of nightlife in some of the violent and crime-ridden parts of the city.
It’s also turning into something like an official organization with dues paying members, health insurance and company cars. And, the team’s self-shot street videos continue to raise questions about the superheroes’ presence in the city …
The business side of superhero life
Seattle’s superhero team (not sure what else to call them) has 15 masked people in protective costumes roaming the streets with another five in plain clothes stretched over bulletproof vests spotting crime and calling it in. The team also has two people driving team members from scene to scene in company cars.
They all pay, according to team leader Ben Fodor … er Phoenix Jones, $55 a month in dues to cover health insurance, gasoline and other team expenses.
Yes, they have a company health insurance plan.
“I feel like it would be inappropriate of me to take people’s loved ones out into the street and say, ‘Hey, I want these guys to come to protect me, come out here on the street but I’m not going to protect them if something happens,’ ” said Jones about the insurance policy.
“We picked a pretty obscure name so that no one would be able to find out who the members of our teams are, and we got insurance through that,” Jones explained, adding that the team also holds fundraisers to cover expenses.
He says the crew ranges from ex-military and ex-police to currently active members of the military and police officers (though not from Washington). Several members are trained emergency medical technicians. All of whom have made up their own street “uniforms.”
“I’m actually the least trained, military-wise, guy on our team, and we have a lawyer who walks out there with us while we’re on patrol,” he said.
About becoming a fixture in Seattle’s nightlife and media, Jones said, “You know, I have been having the hardest time grasping that, because when it started off I was just a weird guy in a costume.”
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