SEATTLE — One self-styled Seattle caped crusader against crime has a broken nose after a weekend encounter with two men who didn’t appreciate his efforts.
KOMO-TV says a man who calls himself Phoenix Jones spends several nights a week patrolling Seattle streets, wearing a mask and cape and carrying a stun gun.
But on Saturday night, Jones says one man held him at gunpoint and another broke his nose.
Jones describes the encounter as no big deal. But Seattle police Detective Mark Jamieson says when Jones and his “Rain City Superhero” colleagues insert themselves into potentially volatile situations, they can end up as victims.
Says Jamieson, “If you see something, call 911.”
Phoenix Jones says he called 911 when he saw a brawl brewing. He also put one man in a headlock while he waited for police. But then another man pulled a gun.
Jones shot to popularity last week after he chased away thieves who were trying to steal a man’s car in Lynnwood, a Seattle suburb. He told local televison station KIRO that he began his crime-fighting crusade nine months ago from his secret base at the back of a local comic store.
“When I walk into a neighborhood, criminals leave because they see the suit,” said Jones. “I symbolize that the average person doesn’t have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing.”
Danger apparently comes with the territory: Jones said he’s been stabbed and had guns pulled on him several times during his crimefighting patrols, all without serious injury.