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Seattle crime fighter Phoenix Jones is trying to raise $10,000 to help pay for a new high-tech super suit ( photo)

When self-proclaimed Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones first took to the streets to fight crime, his makeshift wardrobe consisted mainly of a plain old bulletproof vest and some Spandex tights. But times have gotten a lot tougher. And now he's going to the public with mask in hand in hopes of raising $10,000 for a new high tech suit of armor.

"Recently, it's just changed. Now I'm finding myself in situations where people are getting shot," Jones told 97.3 KIRO FM's Ross and Burbank. "I saw a woman get shot in the head like 50 feet from where I was at."

That was the unsolved murder of Nicole Westbrook, 21, in April as she left a Pioneer Square nightclub with her boyfriend. It's just one of a number of violent incidents he keeps finding himself near or engaged in. And he says his current suit just isn't cutting it.

"I'm just in a new world and I need to evolve with that world or I am going to be in trouble."

And when it comes to super suits, this one takes the cake. It'll be outfitted with a plethora of high tech crime fighting tools and be made from state-of-the-art materials.

"It's got a light on the chest so if you hit a button it flashes a really bright light. So it blinds people looking forward. It's got pepper launchers and on the other arm it's got mobile wireless Internet and then you can charge the phone through the suit."

He says it also features other goodies including GPS, wireless video and even lasers that can cut through metal and fabric like seat belts, in case he ends up needing to help with a rescue in a car crash or something like that.

"So when I decided to make the suit, I thought 'I'm going to take everything I thought would be cool and put it together,'" he told Ross and Burbank.

All that coolness comes at a serious cost. Jones says the total value is about $250,000. While he says he got a number of companies to donate many of the goodies, he needs about $10,000 to actually assemble it.

But won't that just make him a high-priced target for trouble? Jones says better him than some innocent victim.

"If I'm in the streets and someone's out there and they're going to stab somebody, rob somebody, shoot somebody, I should be that guy because I'm going to be in a $250,000 suit," Jones says.

As for when the new suit hits the streets, Jones admits he's still a little short and hopes people will go to his blog and make a donation (as of Monday he was still about $7,000 short of his goal).

Josh Kerns, KIRO Radio Reporter
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He covers everything from May Day riots in Seattle to the latest Boeing news.