Thugs Beat Up Real-Life 'Superhero'

Life imitates Kick-Ass in Seattle

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 12, 2011 2:05 AM CST | Updated Jan 12, 2011 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones could have used some superpowers, or at least some tools from Batman's arsenal, over the weekend. The costumed vigilante, who patrols the streets of Seattle several times a week, had his nose broken and was threatened at gunpoint after he tried to break up a fight, the Telegraph reports.

Jones—leader of the real-life "Rain City Superheroes" group that also includes Buster Doe, Thorn, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88 and Penelope—says the attack was no big deal, but police say that he and his fellow masked vigilantes should call 911 instead of taking on criminals. "They insert themselves into a potentially volatile situation and then they end up being victimized as well," a police spokesman tells KOMO News.

I endanger my life with a reason and a purpose, Jones says.
"I endanger my life with a reason and a purpose," Jones says.   (YouTube)
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Superhero Phoenix Jones talks to press.   (CRMCProductionSz)

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