He doesn't have super powers, but he dresses like a superhero.
Seattle residents are becoming familiar with an anonymous crime fighter known only as "Phoenix Jones." Like a comic book star, he has a skin-tight suit and caries weapons such as a taser and pepper spray. And he recently rescued a man going through a car jacking:
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Monique Ming Laven met him.
“My name is Phoenix Jones,” said the man.
The man is the hero Dan’s been trying to tell his friends about.“
People are saying, ‘No way, dude, you were probably drunk,’” said Dan.
But the superhero sounded familiar to Ming Laven. She had heard about how he and the other eight members of his Rain City Superhero crime fighting movement walk the street, eyes out for crime and prepared to fight it.On Monday night, the fully-clad superhero and Dan met.
“That’s crazy. Nice to meet you, brother. Nice to meet you. That’s insane,” said Dan, who finally got a close-up look at his savior.
“Phoenix” explained his whole super suit, including bullet-proof vest and stab plates, to Dan.
“That’s a Taser night stick. And I have Mace slash tear gas over here,” said Phoenix.
Then it was time for Phoenix to get back out on the streets, maybe not quite a super man, but an extraordinary one.
“I symbolize that the average person doesn't have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing," Phoenix told the news station. He explained that he started fighting crime about nine months ago and that it's dangerous work: he's been stabbed and had a gun pulled on him a few times.
But he doesn't recommend this life for everyone: "I don't condone people walking around on the street with masks. Everyone on my team either has a military background or a mixed martial arts background, and we're well aware of what its costs to do what we do."
Local Police department spokesman Jeff Kappel wasn't as opposed to the vigilantly idea as one might think. "There's nothing wrong with citizens getting involved with the criminal justice process - as long as they follow it all the way through," the Daily Mail reports.