Seattle’s own masked vigilante has been taken into custody accused of assault.
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: Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
23-year-old Benjamin John Francis Fodor, who calls himself ‘Phoenix Jones’ was arrested last Sunday, after he was accused of assaulting several people (including a woman) with pepper spray, according to the Daily Mail.
The Guardian reports Phoenix Jones was held in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday. According to CBS News, the self-proclaimed superhero gave his own version of the incident in a Facebook post overnight, saying he “witnessed a hit-and-run/attempted murder of a man and he responded to stop it.” He also released a video shot during the alleged assault.
Phoenix Jones allegedly operates at night in Seattle and Lynnwood, Washington (U.S.A.) with his sidekick identified as ‘Ghost’. It is said Phoenix Jones has no problem with people using drugs and that he has stated it is not a crime to smoke marijuana. Some people believe Phoenix Jones is the leader of a ten-member superhero group called the Rain City Superhero Movement.
October 10th, 2011.