Seattle 'Superhero' Avoids Assault Charge
But Phoenix Jones 'deeply misguided': official
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2011 9:49 AM CST
In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Benjamin Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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(Newser) – Seattle’s “superhero”—the masked Phoenix Jones—has managed to avoid a possible assault charge after a pepper-spray showdown; he says he was on a rescue mission. A city attorney says there wasn’t enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. But make no mistake: Jones, whose real name is Benjamin Fodor, “is no hero”—he’s “just a deeply misguided individual.” the attorney says. “He has been warned that his actions put himself in danger, and this latest episode demonstrates that innocent bystanders can also be harmed.”