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#1  October 11, 2011, 04:55:05 am
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SEATTLE — 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.

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

"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," said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson.

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 on his Facebook page which he said shows that he used the spray after being attacked. It could also be found at www.vimeo.com/30307440.

Jones was accompanied on patrol by a second superhero, known as Ghost, videographer Ryan McNamee, and Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos, who is writing a book about real-life superheroes.

Krulos told msnbc.com that the entourage definitely came across a brawl.

"Six or seven guys were beating up two other guys," Krulos said, adding he heard "loud, aggressive noises." One victim was thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs. "Two other guys were wrestling with each other but not in a playful way -- and people were screaming."

"Nobody was dancing, it was not ambiguous, there was definitely fighting," he said.

"I was on the phone calling 911 and a guy came up to me and punched me in the face; Ryan was also punched," Krulos said.

Two women who were apparently girlfriends of attackers punched Phoenix Jones after they were caught in the pepper spray cloud, Krulos said. Jones appeared uninjured, he said.

Jones and his group ran to the nearby waterfront Washington ferry terminal to seek shelter as members of the group that was fighting followed, Krulos said. Two from the brawling group hopped in an Escalade, followed Jones, and threw stones at him, Krulos said.

The Escalade pulled under a nearby viaduct as two patrol cars pulled up, he said.

Krulos said he and the videographer were not allowed to give statements to officers.

The often shaky video shows Jones and 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 police 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 (police), he continues to try to resolve things on his own."

Jones in an interview on Seattle radio station KISW blamed his arrest on one officer who doesn't like him and denied any wrongdoing.

"I'm never gonna pepper spray a group of people for dancing," he said. He added that he didn't respond to the assault by the woman with the high-heel shoes, claiming she delivered 38 blows to his head.

"I don't touch women," he said.

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. Authorities are also keeping his suit, at least for the time being.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44848642/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/?GT1=43001
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#2  October 11, 2011, 04:58:42 am
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So instead of arresting the people that started the brawl, they instead arrest the guy trying to stop it?

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#3  October 11, 2011, 05:01:11 am
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for some reason those cops are idiots...
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#4  October 11, 2011, 05:02:17 am
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Well they obviously have a secret network of evil that has ties with the police force, so I see nothing out of place
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#5  October 11, 2011, 05:04:21 am
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So how long until the Keene Act is passed?

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#6  October 11, 2011, 05:08:43 am
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#7  October 11, 2011, 05:09:36 am
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Got to give him props for not punching the woman in the face.
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#8  October 11, 2011, 05:14:20 am
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Cops are working with the mob, trying to tarnish the good name of... Phoenix Jones? That's not a proper superhero name.
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#9  October 11, 2011, 05:15:15 am
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I think it's pimpin.
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#10  October 11, 2011, 05:36:08 am
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Imagine if there was a man named Batman Jones? Wouldn't that sound awkward?
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#11  October 11, 2011, 05:37:01 am
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I think it's swag. >:(
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#12  October 11, 2011, 06:13:47 am
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I wish people like this existed in my nieghtborhood. My place is a really shitty place and the cops are stupid as hell around here. Can't go out between 23:00 to 08:00 without getting in trouble.

I was expecting for a custom pepper spayer, not a damn pepper spray can :P. He looks silly with that in hand...
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#13  October 11, 2011, 08:17:41 am
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Phoenix Jones...

The name makes me imagine Phoenix Wright in a superhero costume.
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#14  October 11, 2011, 02:18:10 pm
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#16  October 11, 2011, 04:49:45 pm
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I know this guy :D

Saw a documentary about real life super heroes on HBO and him and his cameraman were in it.
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#17  October 11, 2011, 06:43:51 pm
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Ah yes, Phoenix Jones.  I've heard quite a few things about this guy.  I had a feeling it was only a matter of time before he wound up in jail.
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#18  October 11, 2011, 06:44:51 pm
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Person Man soundin like a gatdamn super villain.
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#19  October 11, 2011, 08:10:49 pm
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Not as cool as Dealbreaker Jones.
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#21  October 12, 2011, 12:04:36 am
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#22  October 12, 2011, 12:11:18 am
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They kept his suit, Lol.
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#23  October 12, 2011, 01:54:05 am
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#24  October 12, 2011, 02:03:25 am
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#25  October 12, 2011, 04:14:49 am
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#26  October 12, 2011, 07:21:39 am
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Yeah they were fighting in that video. Fuck just keep hitting the play/pause button when they run towards them.
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#27  October 12, 2011, 07:27:32 am
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you can't mixup a blind man, and you can't out think a brick ~skisonic
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#28  October 12, 2011, 06:36:12 pm
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#29  October 14, 2011, 12:51:04 am
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Wasn't he the first vigilante that came out on tv and all over the news papers? I remember this dude, he had a cave on his comic book store lol.
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#30  October 14, 2011, 01:53:31 am
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dunno but "apparently" he says he's not a vigilante because Vigilantes seek revenge he does it for the good of the people apparently.
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#31  October 14, 2011, 02:57:59 am
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Also, he's not a rapist because he tries to please his rapee.

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#33  October 14, 2011, 01:50:12 pm
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this will this him a lesson, don't try to be a vigilante unless your name is charles bronson
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#34  October 14, 2011, 04:41:27 pm
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hey you know i'd think if i where wanna them i'd hit PEOPLE WIT FRREGGEN DICTIONARIES!!! 

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#35  October 14, 2011, 05:24:25 pm
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Okay, wow.  I've seen better spelling and sentence structure in episodes of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.  Do you even know what you were trying to say there?

On topic:  Phoenix Jones has revealed his secret identity to the world!
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/10/14/phoenix-jones-unmasked/

Apparently, he's a time traveler from an '80s rap group.
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Last Edit: October 14, 2011, 07:17:42 pm by Tomahawkman
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#37  October 18, 2011, 10:07:27 pm
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