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Phoenix Jones
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Phoenix Jones
Vital Statistics
Hero Phoenix Jones
Alias(es) Guardian of Seattle
Fear the Flattop
Identity Public
Alter Ego Benjamin Fodor
Category Vigilante
Location Seattle, Washington, USA 47° 36' 13.80" N, 122° 19' 48.22" W
Status Retired
Superhero Activity
Team Rain City Superhero Movement
Affiliates El Caballero, Midnight Jack, Westlake Drake, Ghost, Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, The Mantis, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope, Purple Reign (ex-wife),

Caros Fodor (brother)

Foes Crime, Rex Velvet
Actions Crimefighting
Physical Description
Gender Male
Outfit Black and Gold rubber suit
Colors Black, Gold
Symbol N/A
Equipment Ballistic vest, Pepper spray, Stun Baton, Handcuffs
Abilities Unarmed combat
For other uses of Phoenix, see Phoenix (disambiguation)


Phoenix Jones was a Real Life Superhero who operated in Seattle, Washington. He has retired.[1]

Phoenix Jones was the leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement. He became active in 2010, patrolling the streets of Seattle regularly, looking for crime, and helping the homeless or others in need. He claims to have made over 130 arrests, with proof for over 50 of them.[citation needed] Jones carried an arsenal of non-lethal weaponry and equipment, including pepper spray, a stun baton, a ballistic vest, and even a ballistic shield.

History

Beginning

Phoenix Jones began in 2010 when Ben Fodor experienced an incident involving his son. Coming back from a water park, he let his son run ahead, who fell over when he reached their car. Fodor soon realized that his son's leg was sliced open and their car had been broken into with glass now littered the floor. Not having his phone, Fodor called to a man across the street to call 911 but the man replied "I can't, it'll ruin my video," as he was filming the whole incident. This annoyed Fodor, to think that someone was witnessing the incident, yet was doing nothing to help, and it sparked an idea in Fodor's head to not let that happen to anyone else again.[citation needed]

Soon enough, another incident happened that let Fodor put his plan into action. One night, when Fodor was out with his friends, one of them was seriously assaulted. Immediately, Fodor ran to his car to get his phone but when he opened his glove box, out fell the mask belonging to the person who robbed his car; so Fodor put the mask on, chased after the man and subdued him until police arrived. And from this incident, Phoenix Jones was born.[citation needed]

Phoenix Jones went on to develop a full outfit and pseudonym when his crime-fighting behavior made him too recognizable. Later on, Phoenix Jones gave up maintaining the secrecy of the identity of his civilian alter-ego, willingly unmasking himself in public. [2]

Controversial Events

Due to Phoenix Jones' relatively high media profile, there are a number of controversies attached to him.

$10,000 Super Suit Donation Drive

Phoenix Jones started a donation drive in order to fund getting a new state-of-the-art armored battle suit. Many members of the RLSH community found this action to be immoral due to the fact that the donation drive was linked to Purple Reign's charitable website.[3]

He posted on his Facebook page a picture of a brand new helmet with a visor, he asked fans to photoshop some designs for it, black and yellow only.


Pepper Spray Incidents

Phoenix Jones was accused of using pepper spray on a group of men and women on May Day 2011. He avoided criminal assault charges.[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Phoenix Jones doused a man with pepper spray after he attempted to steal a bus. The driver of the bus had been handing out fliers when another individual attempted to steal the bus. Jones was reported to have intervened and the hijacker escaped with his skin dyed orange due to the spray.[10]


Street Brawl

Phoenix Jones had a "street brawl" with a civilian who was drunk and allegedly racist.[citation needed]


Apology 2015 In early 2015 Phoenix Jones put a video on his Facebook page of himself making an apology to other Real life Superheroes for the way he had 'insulted' them over the years.[11]


Man in Tree

March 22, 2016, in Seattle, Washington, Jones attempted to assist authorities in talking the "Man in Tree" down from the 80-foot sequoia he had climbed, but police rejected the offer.[12]


Arrest 2020

On January 10, 2020, Ben Fodor and his accomplice, Andrea Irene Berendsen, were arrested and booked into King County Jail for violating the Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Fodor was released from jail January 11 and is scheduled for arraignment on February 3, according to online records.[13][14]


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References

  1. http://nw-nerd.com/podcasts/2019/3/7/episode-325-why-seattles-superhero-phoenix-jones-is-retiring Northwest Nerd Podcast Episode 325: 'Why Seattle's Superhero Phoenix Jones is Retiring', March 7, 2019
  2. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/10/16/phoenix-jones-back-on-patrol-after-his-dramatic-unveiling/
  3. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2012/07/09/phoenix-jones-sells-snake-oil-calls-it-a-supersuit/
  4. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/11/25/seattle-superhero-avoids-charges-in-crime-fighting-fracas/
  5. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/11/02/state-keeping-superhero-away-from-disabled-kids/
  6. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/10/31/running-after-phoenix-jones-a-man-on-the-street-report/
  7. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/10/19/woman-who-hit-phoenix-jones-nothing-gives-him-a-right-to-do-that/
  8. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/10/16/phoenix-jones-back-on-patrol-after-his-dramatic-unveiling/
  9. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/10/11/phoenix-jones-real-life-seattle-superhero-arrested-for-pepper-spray-assault/
  10. https://www.rlsh.net/archive/2011/09/27/local-superhero-breaks-up-bus-jacking/
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT7cDcuDQgE Phoenix Jones' YouTube channel
  12. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/23/after-15-hours-and-counting-this-seattle-man-refuses-to-get-down-from-iconic-80-foot-tree/
  13. https://komonews.com/news/local/real-life-superhero-phoenix-jones-in-super-trouble-facing-drug-charges?fbclid=IwAR0cSOEFHQGxzFtoTcaAW9AdEDxg9uiQx600g7MRKe777RjRINXaMLYXaSI KOMO News: "Real-life superhero 'Phoenix Jones' in super trouble, facing drug charges," Quixem Ramirez, 1/27/2020
  14. https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/01/phoenix-jones-crime-fighting-superhero-arrested-drug-dealing MMA Junkie: "Report: Crime-fighting MMA superhero 'Phoenix Jones' arrested on drug charges, 1/27/2020