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Police Notified of Superheroes Patrolling Seattle Streets

Police Notified of Superheroes Patrolling Seattle Streets

A man who identifies himself as Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle, part of the Rain City Superhero Movement, poses with an unidentified Seattle police officer. Department officials alerted officers to the self-described superhero, who said his new cos

Seattle Post Intelligencer

November 19, 2010

SEATTLE – Vigilante justice has come to Seattle, and the caped crusaders drive a Kia.

Seattle police say a group of self-described superheroes have been patrolling the streets at night trying to save people from crime. They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they’re part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters.

The national website — cited in a police bulletin sent to Seattle officers Wednesday — states “a Real Life Superhero is whoever chooses to embody the values presented in super heroic comic books, not only by donning a mask/costume, but also performing good deeds for the communitarian place whom he inhabits.”

Police say the “costume-wearing complainants” are lucky they haven’t been hurt.

In one instance, police say a caped crusader dressed in black was nearly shot when he came running out of a dark park. In another case, a witness on Capitol Hill saw the crusaders wearing ski masks in a car parked at a Shell station and thought they were going to rob the place.

Police got the license plate and found those masked characters drove a Kia Fate registered to one of the character’s godmothers, department staff said. She told police her godson goes around doing good deeds.

Costume includes ballistic cup

Investigators identified nine people dressed in costume going around Seattle after dark. A police source said the characters go by Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle.

But don’t listen to Captain Ozone or Knight Owl, police were told. They’re apparently not part of the group.

Officers have learned the true identity of Phoenix — a 22-year-old man whose costume includes a black cape, black fedora, blue tights, white belt and mask. Police say he’s often driven by a young woman not in costume.

Officers say she usually doesn’t get out of the car, instead letting the “superhero” do his thing.

Phoenix was interviewed by detectives this month and came to police headquarters dressed in most of his costume, police said.

“(Phoenix) apologized for not being in full costume, as it was being repaired after (he) was stabbed while trying to intervene with a drug dealer and a citizen,” the police bulletin stated, according to a police source.

The man was not seriously wounded during the incident under Interstate 5, and police say he may not have actually been wounded.

Now, police were told Phoenix wears body armor, a ballistic vest, arm and leg trauma plates — and a ballistic cup. Police were apparently told that bulletproof vest helped stop a bullet during an incident in Tacoma a year ago.

Others are expected to be at police headquarters this week for identification.

“I don’t condone people walking around on the street with masks,” said the man who called himself Phoenix Jones. “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.”

Jones said he would talk in greater detail after a television news story was broadcast this weekend by our news partner, KOMO/4.

Keeping in superhero fashion, he didn’t leave a return number.

Police say another incident with the self-proclaimed superheroes came about 3 a.m. November 4 at Sixth Avenue and South King Street in the International District.

Police responded to a harassment complaint and found Phoenix the Guardian of Seattle dressed in a “black colored Batman costume and a black ski mask,” department spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

He was standing with four other men and one woman, all in costume with their faces covered by ski masks and bandanas. They were dealing a man making threatening statements and swinging a golf club.

Police took the golf club as evidence. The “costume-wearing complainants” refused to press charges because they didn’t want to identify themselves to officers, Kappel said. So the suspect walked.

Dangers of vigilante justice

“There’s nothing wrong with citizens getting involved with the criminal justice process — as long as they follow it all the way through,” Kappel said, adding they want people to call 911 and be good witnesses, even if a case goes to court.

Police say they don’t want people who aren’t sworn officers putting themselves in danger.

They point to an unrelated case earlier this year in Maple Leaf. A man in his late 40s was working on his rental property near Northeast 77th Street and 16th Avenue Northeast when he saw men prowling his vehicle.

The man fought the prowlers and was winning, but one was able to inflict two knife wounds 3-inches deep. Large amounts of blood covered his clothes when medics arrived, and police say the man nearly died.

In another Northgate case from 2008, a man shot a car prowler who was trying to steal his stereo. The prowler died and the suspect was charged with manslaughter. He’s out now, but was sentenced to nine months in prison.

A member of the Rain City Superhero Movement told police they carry Tasers, nightsticks, pepper spray, but no firearms.

Police say they hope the self-proclaimed superheroes are realistic and act as good witnesses instead of putting themselves in danger. The bulletin said a KOMO/4 news crew plans to follow the caped crusaders Friday night.

According to the national superhero website, the characters don’t have to engage in violent fights to be a crime fighter, but should embody the values presented in super heroic comic books.

“Inspiration plays a major role in this, of course,” character Entomo wrote on the page. "You can inspire people to believe in a symbol.

“You can inspire people to believe they can CREATE themselves a symbol and embody it - and it’s not a lie.”


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  • Derrick_max50

    gradyg

    over 2 years ago

    1118 Comments

    If citizens step up and help out police say they shouldn't, if citizens do not help police say they should, which one is it going to be citizens help or no help. They should be us for the police advantage, give them some radios teach them how too us them and if they encounter any crime call. That's better then putting them down and talking about them.

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    cairishguy

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    These guys are Guardian Angels with personality. They go and hang out where the cops won't go. I live close to Oakland, Ca. They hired a bunch of cops to beef up the police force to reduce crime. Well, crime wasn't reduced. These guys won't go to the dangerous areas. These superheros are a credible treat to crime. They get media attention and give people hope. The Police Departments would do best by gathering these guys up and giving them classes on how to be good witnesses and avoid interfering with the police. Making fun of them serves nothing and is arogant. They're not there to take your job. They are concerned citizens like you and I. They want safe streets to walk. If if reduces crime, I'll all for it. I got pulled over for doing 35 in a 25 a few years ago. The cop never took off his gloves or his sunglasses while talking to me or writing the warning. This "supercop" had the same mentality these superheros have. Like I said, if reduces crime, work with it. Let put away the egos.

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    TimTheTanker

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Wow. Too much is too much. October is past this year

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    These people should not be allowed to breed.

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    bikecop45

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Better they just observe and report, then be a good witness for police and the courts. That would be more heroic to me, unless there is no other way at the moment and a life is in immediate jeopardy...

  • Me_last_wk_max50

    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    What freaking idiots

  • Sspx0739_max50

    Chris16

    over 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    This is what PAC-TAC is evolving into! Trading in the green vests for a costume.

  • Spartan_cops_max50

    Lawful_Blue

    over 3 years ago

    1184 Comments

    What a joke, how about you guys live normal lives and let the P-O-L-I-C-E handle Seattle's crime. It seems to me that keeping track of what these superheros do is nothing but a waste of time. Dangerous and stupid is what this is.............

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    WWW.Reallifesuperheroes.org Check out the website and the reality of fantasy. Accepting movie contracts?

  • Clone_trooper_max50

    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    After the movie "Kick-Ass" you just knew this was coming.

  • 072_max50

    ps4436

    over 3 years ago

    352 Comments

    I guess we should be grateful that they aren't wearing spandex, leotards, and long flowing capes........

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    "They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they’re part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters"

    Really? Pretty sure the real-life crime fighters wear a badge, BPV, gun, and a h*ll of a lot more training than these tools do. This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. I hope they wake up and join reality before one of them meets the business end of a gun.

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    revcarey70

    over 3 years ago

    234 Comments

    Interesting, wonder why they kicked night owl out?

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    ronin1965

    over 3 years ago

    128 Comments

    Good intentions or not, it is unsafe and regardless of military or MMA background they are not qualified to be on the streets acting as police surrogates. They possess no codified authority and if they intercede and the offender fails to comply what then? Good intentions, bad execution.

  • Herosonpatrol_max50

    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    Maybe they have good intentions on helping out the police & community, but hope no one gets hurt / seriously hurt. A different kind of neighborhood watch for sure...
    Best wishes & Stay Safe

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