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Seattle superhero arrested for pepper-spraying four people

A self-proclaimed Seattle superhero was arrested over the weekend after police say he pepper-sprayed a group of people walking from a bar.

"They took my suit, they took my body armor, they took my gloves, they took everything from me. They said it was evidence in the crime. They took my pepper spray, which I understand," Phoenix Jones told 97.3 KIRO FM's Ron and Don Show.

But Jones, 23-year-old man who dresses like a superhero, assured the public: "I got a new super suit. I should be on patrol tonight!"

Phoenix Jones shows The John Curley Show new super suit:

Jones has released video of the confrontation in downtown Seattle. He claims he saved a man who was the victim of a hit and run.

Seattle police say Jones pepper-sprayed four people who were simply walking down the street. He was arrested and booked on four counts of misdemeanor assault early Sunday and released from the King County Jail Sunday afternoon. The City Attorney's office says he has a court appearance set for Thursday morning.

Jones would not talk about the charges, only to say "preparation is the key to everything. I'm very organized. We had a contingency plan if I was ever arrested."

In the video posted on his Facebook page, Jones was hit several times by a woman with a shoe. Why is a so-called superhero not able to defend himself against a woman with a shoe?

"I'm not going to pepper spray a woman no matter how many times she hits me. I'm just not going to," Jones said. "That was the hardest part, but I have a very firm belief in what is right and what's wrong."

So far, Jones said the Seattle Police Department has been very accommodating with his "career" choice, but a few officers have a problem with him.

"It just so happened I ran into one of those officers."

Jones, who claims to run with an entourage of at least a dozen people, some masked, has not officially released his identity.

In an interview last month with John Curley, Jones explained why he's willing to put himself in harm's way.

"If someone gets hurt, it probably should be me, rather than the average person. All of us are wearing bullet proofs, all of us have taken some sort of self defense training class. We all call 911 the minute the crime happens," he said.

Listen to the interview with John Curley

WARNING: Video contains offensive language.

Phoenix Jones Stops Assault from Ryan McNamee on Vimeo.

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About the Author

Chris Sullivan is a traffic reporter for KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He cares deeply about the amount of time you spend sitting in Seattle traffic.


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