SEATTLE, Wa. (CBS/AP) — Seattle’s masked crime-fighter Phoenix Jones has lost his day job.
The Washington Department of Social and Health Services says the superhero — real name Ben Fodor — had been contracted to provide home-care services to the department’s clients. But Fodor was arrested for investigation of assault Oct. 9; he claims he pepper-sprayed a group of people as he broke up a fight.
The department says it declined to extend his contract when it expired last month because an assault conviction would bar him from working with vulnerable people. The 23-year-old hasn’t been charged.
If he is not convicted he can ask that his contract status be reinstated, and in the meantime he can appeal the decision not to extend his contract.
According to Phoenix Jones’ Facebook page, the self-styled Seattle crimefighter claims to “symbolize that the average person doesn’t have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing.”
“Just because he’s dressed up in costume, it doesn’t mean he’s in special consideration or above the law,” said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson last month.
Phoenix Jones/Fodor was held by police following an incident on Oct. 9. A video posted online 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.
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