Phoenix Jones, real-life Seattle superhero, unmasked in court

Every superhero has a double identity — Superman led a double life as reporter Clark Kent, Batman was billionaire Bruce Wayne in the day time, and now, Seattle self-styled superhero Phoenix Jones has been forced to reveal his real identity in court as father and husband Ben Fodor.


Benjamin Fodor, a.k.a. Seattle superhero “Phoenix Jones,” speaks to the media after making a court appearance in Seattle. (Staff/Reuters)

The leader of a group of self-proclaimed “superheroes” called the Rain City Superhero Movement (RCSM) never lost his superhero panache in court, even whipping off his shirt to reveal his now famous black and yellow costume after the hearing was over.

Fodor was arrested Sunday this week on four counts of assault following the pepper-spray incident.

The official police report on the incident says the partygoers were not fighting, but walking to their car “dancing and having a good time.”

Fodor spent about seven hours behind bars before posting $3,800 bail.

The RCSM leader, who has been fighting crime on Seattle streets since at least February of this year, has previously been credited with preventing a carjacking. He is married to another masked vigilante he calls PurpleReign.

Fodor spoke briefly to the media after the hearing Friday, saying:

I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight. ... In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother. I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else.

He then left with his lawyer, Matt Hartman, without taking any questions. Hartman told the media that his client “stands for all that is right and good.”

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