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Phoenix Jones, Real-Life Seattle “Superhero”, Arrested for Pepper Spray Assault

October 11, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Real-life Seattle “superhero” Phoenix Jones was arrested on Sunday by Seattle police after an incident in which he pepper sprayed at least two people who he believed were involved in a crime.

According to CBS News, Phoenix, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor (we wouldn’t give it away, but it’s already out there, so…), is out of jail after being held Sunday night for pepper spraying a group of people who he believed were fighting. But Seattle police say they were just dancing.

A video shot by Phoenix’s sidekick, known as Ghost, shows the black-and-yellow-suited “superhero” rushing up to a group of people and breaking them up. A woman yells at him and strikes him with her shoes as he holds up a pepper spray canister. Then a BMW barrels down the street, nearly striking a man. Phoenix pursues the vehicle, then approach other members of the group further up the road. “You sprayed fucking pepper spray in my eye!” screams another woman. Two men then approach Phoenix and he pepper sprays them. It was that act that landed him in the slammer for the night.

“Our message has been the same from the beginning, if you see something that warrants calling 911, call 911,” Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson told CBS. “Just because he’s dressed up in costume, it doesn’t mean he’s in special consideration or above the law. You can’t go around pepper spraying people because you think they are fighting.”

Speaking of that suit, it was confiscated, along with Phoenix’s boots and mask. He said, however, that he has a backup suit. The “superhero” asserts that he witnessed a hit and run or attempted murder and that’s why he rushed in to respond. A video of the incident shot by Ghost was offered up as evidence of his claim. That video is the second one posted below this story.

Phoenix Jones may not have any actual super powers, but he has been fighting crime on Seattle streets since at least last year as part of the “Rain City Superhero” movement. He even had his nose broken by armed ruffians back in January. Police and public opinion regarding Phoenix’s undeniably courageous yet very dangerous crime-fighting crusade vary; some applaud him for taking a stand to protect the public while others view his actions as foolish and say crime-fighting should be left up to the pros.

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