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Superhero Phoenix Jones stands guard at Seattle May Day protest

Seattle's self- proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones called into Ross and Burbank to discuss the protest violence in Seattle on May Day. (AP Photo/file)

Seattle police weren't the only ones trying to stop the violence that erupted at May Day demonstrations in Seattle. Self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones was also on the scene.

"I got hit in the face with a stick and hit with a rock," said Jones of the bruising he took standing up to protesters.

Black-clad protesters using sticks and bats smashed stores and automobile windows during May Day demonstrations that turned violent in Seattle.

In an appearance on 97.3 KIRO FM's Ross and Burbank Show, Jones said his presence at the demonstrations was not about the protest, but about the damage that a small group of participants were determined to wreak on the city.

"I don't care if people want to protest, that's your right as an American," said Jones. "But when you want to hurt other people's businesses, when you want to break property, when you want to vandalize, I don't put up with that."

Jones was joined by other superhero friends Midnight Jack and El Caballero. He said it was a scene they witnessed at the federal building that finally drew them into the fray.

"They broke the windows to the building and then started throwing stuff that was on fire and exploding inside the building where the people were," said Jones. "That's when me and Midnight Jack and Cabbie said 'this is enough, we're stepping in.'"

In a post to his facebook page, Jones blamed the trouble on a "small group of black water anarchists that made open threats to try and destroy key buildings in my city."

"It is ridiculous and against everything I stand for to watch people purposely commit acts of terror, violence, and mayhem," Jones wrote.

Jones, who calls himself "the guardian of Seattle," told Ross and Burbank he's dedicated to serving the city in big incidents like this, and generally does about five patrols a week.

He said his job has become a little more difficult after he was arrested in October and his pepper spray was at the center of debate. The city attorney declined to file charges in the case, but Jones isn't taking any chances these days.

"It makes my life a little harder," said Jones. "I have to make sure 100 percent it's justifiable, but I like that accountability."

He does however find a few more bumps and bruises without it. "I'm willing to take a rock or take a stick if I have to."

Jones said he didn't use any pepper spray during the May Day protest, and plans to release a full video of the event taken from his point of view.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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