Seattle Police Arrest Self-Confessed Superhero Phoenix Jones

SEATTLE (AP) — Instead of the bad guys, it was Seattle’s most prolific self-styled superhero that ended up in handcuffs.

Police officers arrested the 23-year-old man who calls himself Phoenix Jones early Sunday after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray. He was booked in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday, police said Monday.

“Our message has been the same from the beginning, if you see something that warrants calling 911, call 911,” said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson. “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.”

But Jones, who wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, said he was only trying to stop a street brawl.

In capital letters, Jones wrote on his Facebook page that said he wouldn’t “ever assault or hurt another person if they were not causing harm to another human being.” He also released a video shot during the alleged assault.

The often shaky video shows Jones and his sidekick, known as Ghost, running toward a group of people. Jones said there was a fight in the group. Police said there’s no indication there was a fight.

The footage goes on to show Jones breaking up the group. Then a woman screams at him, hitting him with her high-heel shoes. Jones appears to be holding his pepper spray canister. Moments later a BMW car appears and speeds away on the street, almost hitting an unidentified man. Jones chases after the car to get the license number. A person with Jones is heard calling 911 to report a hit-and-run.

Jones and his followers then approach the rest of the group down the block. A woman screams at them to “stay away.” Another woman runs up to Jones and hits him, screaming at him, “You sprayed (expletive) pepper spray in my eye!”

Two men in the group approach Jones, who then appears to pepper spray them.

Jones has been the most public face of a group of vigilante crime stoppers to show up in Seattle in the last couple of years. His exploits have garnered much media attention, and he’s had a camera crew trailing him in recent months.

Peter Tangen, a volunteer spokesman for Jones, said Monday that police didn’t have any interest in the alleged hit-and-run, but rather have an agenda against the masked crime fighter.

“They’re on a mission to stop Phoenix Jones from what he’s doing, which is legal,” Tangen said.

On the police report, the officer wrote that Jones “has had a history of injecting himself in these incidents. Recently there have been increased reports of citizens being pepper sprayed by (Jones) and his group.”

The report goes on to say that although Jones “has been advised to observe and report incidents to 911, he continues to try to resolve things on his own.”

On his Facebook page, Jones has nearly 4,400 friends, and says that he’s married to a woman with the name PurpleReign.

Police weren’t buying his Phoenix Jones handle, however. He was booked under Benjamin John Francis Fodor.

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  • Dana

    Wow, a real-life Kick-A$$.

    • Cyril

      They unmasked him! He’s mild mannered Benjamin John Francis Fodor.


      • michaelc

        Since that 2010 movie “Kick zzz” had to be s somewhat ?? marketed to what kids want to see today, and even has “zzz” in the title:
        i guess i have to see it

    • Selfish Bastr

      So he WAS breaking up a fight……A fight that he himself started by peperspraying people,. fail

  • John L. Lucci

    Wow! He’s lucky He wound up arrested if the that mob had their way with him he would have wound up farting pepperspay.

  • Bob A

    Typical Nazi police. You must become a victum or they will arrest you. Time to sue these over the top Nazis. People have a right to make their streets safe when the incompetent police fall down on the job!!!

    • Jsr

      Yeah let’s go ahead and not refer to some stupid overreaching cops as part of an organization that killed 11million people. 12 of which would have been my aunts and uncles. Thanks

      • Jay

        get over it.

    • Phil

      I just cant stand how the police keep saying if you see something call 911. I have NEVER called 911 and had an officer available in less that 20 or 30 minutes. SO what they should be saying is if you see a crime in progress give us a call and then pull up a chair grab some popcorn and watch the crime some more until we get around to it.

    • kasteer

      Yes indeed. We, citizens, are sovereign. Police are just out to uphold the law as it applies to the government and most of the time just show up AFTER an incident. They’re not special! WE, citizens, are responsible for our safety and of those around us.

      Jones is commendable!

  • Evan

    I just find it interesting, “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.” The only difference the police have from a normal citizen is their uniform. Yet they go around pepper spraying people with little to no justification quite regularly.

    • Winged

      You forget the rigoruous physical and mental training most police officers undergo in order to get their badge in the first place. The gun use training, the bucketloads of city code, and regulations that they have memorized, along with the boat-load of federal regulations on their own profession (i.e. Miranda rights). then there’s the fact that they carry a gun, which i can tell you is far more persuading than a fruitcake in a costume pointing pepperspray at people.

    • mikaman3000

      I find it interesting that you failed to mention that they are employed by the city and he is not.

    • JustJohn

      9:30am here, and already I have no doubt that no matter what I do today, where I go, or who I see, this will be the most moronic statement I’ll have the pleasure of laughing at. You really think putting on a uniform is what makes someone a police officer? So all phoenix did wrong is pick the wrong outfit. Brilliant!

      • Beez

        Doughnuts. You forgot to mention doughnuts.

      • ben

        We need Phoenix Jones out on the street, where he belongs, fighting crime.

  • sean patriot

    Hey COPS ! ! ! Not EVERYONE relies on the government to solve their problems, get used to it, youre going to see more of it.

    • Jason Budd

      But if citizens fight crime, then there will be less demand for police officers. You see the problem here? All government agents, as part of the largest monopoly, hate competition and will quash it.

      • Phil

        Which is their true duty to protect and serve the union and ticket the peasants

    • Timothy Denton Coyne

      The police unions are already filing a class action suit against super heroes

    • hairy Bikini

      That they will!

  • Pete Moss

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

    • Phil

      MINUTES!!! where do you live sounds awesome. I wish our police responded in minutes. I usually take a nap while waiting for them.

  • porchhound

    This from, of ALL places, the SEAPRATTLE PD who have never been late for a free meal and never on time top stop a crime.

  • David

    It’s tough, being a super-hero these days.

  • Bawanna

    Pigs all ! Maybe if the cops would do their jobs instead of sucking down donuts and overtime we would not need Phoenix Jones. God Bless him and to hell with the pigs.

  • Dave Coleman

    When you need help in seconds, the police are only minutes away.

    • teaj

      what do you pay them to be there when you snap your fingers tho. Name a good enough price you can have the security you need.

      • bruce brinkmann

        there’s the rub. I’ll take the available free help when I need it, if It’s right there for me why wouldn’t I accept, approve and applaud that free help. I’d always chose to be tried by twelve, rather than carried by six…..

  • Hairy Bikini

    Like Public Enemy’s Flavor Flave once said, “911 is a joke”. And like Ice Cube once said “F#%@ the police”. Police are just mad because he is doing the work they should be doing rather then writing tickets to it’s citizens to generate revenue.

    • MikaMan3000

      When people are listening to crack fiends and wanna-be-gangstas, you gotta know their “insane in the membrane”

      • bruce brinkmann

        Just out of curiosity, ave you seen that old movie with Warren Beatty “BULLWORTH”?

  • One Eyed Jacks

    These fellows Jones and Ghost are a little over the top, but the fact is if law enforcement, the courts and the politicians aren’t doing their jobs properly there will be more vigilantiism. It’s a natural reaction to poor civic management. It’s the law of the jungle.

  • Chris

    I was helping a friend when his car broke down near Kirkland, WA, someone pulled over behind us, and got out in what looked like some kind of armor. It was Phoenix Jones seeing if we needed gas or help calling for help. Really strange, but he was nice enough.

  • kasteer

    “has had a history of injecting himself in these incidents.” So what! That’s not against the law! Police don’t have a monopoly on law enforcement. I fully support Jones and his quest to make the world a better place!

  • DJH

    Ah yes, if you see something that warrants police attention call 911 – be a VICTIM FIRST, then the police will show up to help you pick yourself up off the ground. How idiotic! And then the cops wonder why no one wants to help them, why should we when you’re more concerned with jacking with average citizens than going after the criminals… oh that’s right, the criminals don’t have any money and the average citizen can pay fines!

    I’m not encouraging it at all, but watch and see if vigilantes don’t start becoming more prevalent – and the public will support them so long as they’re not doing more harm than good.

  • stefandeseve

    Let the police know what you think about this.

    • Ginger Honey Badger Landry

      Thank you!

  • rodpeters

    The police are only an employee of the state. Similar to states giving so called licenses to plumbers or electricians. What makes them the authority to determine who can or cannot be licensed to perform these actions? Police are similar. If people were actually allowed to defend themselves against would-be attackers, there would be no need to have a police force the size to which they have grown. And really, I see plenty of over-weight, out of shape, and just plain inept police officers that would offer no support whatsoever in a case of an attack. This guy is stupid and obviously out for attention, but lift the ridiculous restrictions on law abiding citizens to protect themselves.

    • RyGuy

      Amen man. Point, set, match. If only we didn’t live in Bizarro world…..

  • ben

    Phoenix Jones is cleaning up the streets, just leave him be.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    OK it’s the real Ace and Gary … let’s just have open carry … that is less scary, than Ace and Gary.

    • kasteer

      You don’t already have open carry out in Wa? Sorry to hear that! Sounds like you’re not a fan of open carry…Would you prefer concealed carry so you wouldn’t have to see a gun? It’s true, your streets would be safer if gun laws were eased… it’s proven. You’d know that if you accepted reality.

      • kasteer

        For some reason I cannot reply to your posts Fanny…I say that because you sounded sarcastic (maybe cause you were referencing Ace and Gary). I appologize for reading too much into it. :) There’s a lot of ignorance out there about the 2nd ammendement. I am glad you support open carry!

      • Fanny Forbes Franklen

        What part of my post …’let’s just have open carry’ .. are you unable to understand? Where do I say I don’t want open carry?

      • Fanny Forbes Franklen

        p.s. …….

        You’d know that if you accepted reality.

  • McGehee

    When seconds count, the police are all at Denny’s on their meal break.

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  • Ramon Leigh

    As you can see, govt agencies don’t like to be shown incompetent. Notice that police routinely attempt to confiscate cameras of video taken of them “doing
    their duty.” That is totally illegal but they keep doing it.

  • BigBoa

    Right idea, wrong execution. The flash mobs and other chimp-outs WILL NOT END if we wait for law enforcement. However, we need to deal with this in numbers far too large for them to deal with. Thousands of people in every town, eradicating the ghettos. THAT is the solution.

  • Jason Budd

    Police – Citizens that wear a blue costume and have the duty of preventing crime.
    Phoenix Jones – A citizen that wears a black custom and chooses to prevent crime.

    The police should be grateful that Mr. Jones exists. The citizens should be grateful that Mr. Jones exists.

    • kasteer

      I am grateful. I admire his initiative and dedication!

  • Lindsay

    If he wants to fight crime, why not just go out and do it?
    The fact that he chose to wear a super hero costume makes the whole thing a little gay.

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