A man who apparently takes the dearth of black superheroes a little too seriously—and decided to become a real-life superhero himself—has been arrested for pepper spray assault. The 23-year-old Seattle native who operates under the guise of Phoenix Jones says he was simply trying to do what superheroes do—fight crime. In this particular instance, Jones claims he was trying to break up a street fight between several men.
The altercation was caught on tape because Jones, along with a second superhero, Ghost, were accompanied by videographer Ryan McNamee, and Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos, who is writing a book about real-life superheroes.
Police maintain that the footage does not indicate a fight; therefore there was no cause for Jones to spray the individuals. The police report states that Jones “has had a history of injecting himself in these incidents. Recently there have been increased reports of citizens being pepper sprayed by (Jones) and his group.” Additionally, the report says that although Jones, the most prominent member of the vigilante group of crime stoppers springing up in the city, “has been advised to observe and report incidents to (police), he continues to try to resolve things on his own.”