Seattle Superhero Makes Court Appearance
'Phoenix Jones' vows that arrest won't stop him
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2011 3:36 PM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
Ben Fodor, right, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," sits with one of his attorneys.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Even superheroes aren't above the law. Self-appointed Seattle crime-fighter Phoenix Jones was in court last week following his arrest in a pepper-spray debacle. No charges have yet been filed against Jones' mild-mannered alter-ego (read: real identity), one Benjamin Fodor; prosecutors told the judge they want more time to make a decision, the Seattle Times reports. Fodor was arrested after blasting pepper spray at people; he says he was breaking up a fight.

And his run-in with the law hasn't stopped him from his mission. After the hearing, Fodor ripped off his shirt, Superman-style, to display his superhero costume. "I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight," he told reporters. "In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother," he noted. "I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else."

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MisterPlinkett
Oct 16, 2011 11:04 PM CDT
the guy's no hero. he's a nutjob. and a publicity seeker. a "hero" wouldn't roam the streets looking for trouble...especially not by walking down the street with a taser or pepper spray.
carson
Oct 16, 2011 10:53 PM CDT
be careful Phoenix...we are counting on you
Scaramouche
Oct 16, 2011 7:22 PM CDT
NOW THAT I KNOW PHOENIX JONES' ALTER IDENTITY, BEN FODOR'S RELATIVES ARE SAFE FROM ME NO MORE! MY PLANS FOR SEATTLE DOMINATION MOVE FORWARD! MUAHAHAHAHAAHAHHA!