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Vigilante MMA Fighter Dresses Up As Superhero To Stop Crime In Seattle


With a perfect amateur record in Mixed Martial Arts, the brother of Strikeforce fighter Caros Fodor, Mr. Ben Fodor has been making national news with the vigilante style justice he is serving out on the streets of Seattle.

The fighter dresses up as comic book character Phoenix Jones with pepper spray in hands and prowls the streets in search of crime to stop and people to call the police on.

However, his crime stopper hobby has apparently backfired on him recently as supposed victims of his justice are now pressing charges for being sprayed with pepper spray in the face.

Check out the video below of this crime stopper in action and the full report from MSNBC that follows:

Phoenix Jones Stops Assault from Ryan McNamee on Vimeo.


SEATTLE — Instead of the bad guys, it was Seattle’s most prolific self-styled superhero that ended up in handcuffs.

Police officers arrested the 23-year-old man who calls himself Phoenix Jones early Sunday after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray. He was booked in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday, police said Monday.

Jones, who wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, said he was only trying to stop a street brawl.

“Just because he’s dressed up in costume, it doesn’t mean he’s in special consideration or above the law. You can’t go around pepper spraying people because you think they are fighting,” said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson.

In capital letters, Jones wrote on his Facebook page that said he wouldn’t “ever assault or hurt another person if they were not causing harm to another human being.”

He also released a video shot during the alleged assault on his Facebook page which he said shows that he used the spray after being attacked. It could also be found at www.vimeo.com/30307440.

Jones was accompanied on patrol by a second superhero, known as Ghost, videographer Ryan McNamee, and Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos, who is writing a book about real-life superheroes.

Krulos told msnbc.com that the entourage definitely came across a brawl.

“Six or seven guys were beating up two other guys,” Krulos said, adding he heard “loud, aggressive noises.” One victim was thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs. “Two other guys were wrestling with each other but not in a playful way — and people were screaming.”

“Nobody was dancing, it was not ambiguous, there was definitely fighting,” he said.

“I was on the phone calling 911 and a guy came up to me and punched me in the face; Ryan was also punched,” Krulos said.

Two women who were apparently girlfriends of attackers punched Phoenix Jones after they were caught in the pepper spray cloud, Krulos said. Jones appeared uninjured, he said.

Jones and his group ran to the nearby waterfront Washington ferry terminal to seek shelter as members of the group that was fighting followed, Krulos said. Two from the brawling group hopped in an Escalade, followed Jones, and threw stones at him, Krulos said.

The Escalade pulled under a nearby viaduct as two patrol cars pulled up, he said.

Krulos said he and the videographer were not allowed to give statements to officers.

The often shaky video shows Jones and Ghost running toward a group of people. Jones said there was a fight in the group. Police said there’s no indication there was a fight.

The footage goes on to show Jones breaking up the group. Then a woman screams at him, hitting him with her high-heel shoes. Jones appears to be holding his pepper spray canister. Moments later a BMW car appears and speeds away on the street, almost hitting an unidentified man. Jones chases after the car to get the license number. A person with Jones is heard calling police to report a hit-and-run.

Jones and his followers then approach the rest of the group down the block. A woman screams at them to “stay away.” Another woman runs up to Jones and hits him, screaming at him, “You sprayed (expletive) pepper spray in my eye!”

Two men in the group approach Jones, who then appears to pepper spray them.

Jones has been the most public face of a group of vigilante crime stoppers to show up in Seattle in the last couple of years. His exploits have garnered much media attention, and he’s had a camera crew trailing him in recent months.

Peter Tangen, a volunteer spokesman for Jones, said Monday that police didn’t have any interest in the alleged hit-and-run, but rather have an agenda against the masked crime fighter.

“They’re on a mission to stop Phoenix Jones from what he’s doing, which is legal,” Tangen said.

On the police report, the officer wrote 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.”

The report goes on to say that although Jones “has been advised to observe and report incidents to (police), he continues to try to resolve things on his own.”

Jones in an interview on Seattle radio station KISW blamed his arrest on one officer who doesn’t like him and denied any wrongdoing.

“I’m never gonna pepper spray a group of people for dancing,” he said. He added that he didn’t respond to the assault by the woman with the high-heel shoes, claiming she delivered 38 blows to his head.

“I don’t touch women,” he said.

On his Facebook page, Jones has nearly 4,400 friends, and says that he’s married to a woman with the name PurpleReign.

Police weren’t buying his Phoenix Jones handle, however. He was booked under Benjamin John Francis Fodor. Authorities are also keeping his suit, at least for the time being.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com’s Jim Gold contributed to this report.


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42 Comments to Vigilante MMA Fighter Dresses Up As Superhero To Stop Crime In Seattle

  1. Dosan says:

    What the shit??? I would like to see this guy do this in Philly. Philly cops are corrupt pieces of sh*t.

  2. Xaninho says:

    HAhaah that was hilarious! This guy has seen Kick-Ass at least 100 times!

  3. ThaGreenBandit says:

    His intentions are all good, but is guy is gonna either get himself hurt or end up on the wrong side of the law again

  4. Drd says:

    His brother has got to be embarrassed by this. I know I would. And all the mma training in the world goes down the drain when somebody pulls a gun. Lol well maybe Chael Sonnen will fall in a vat of chemicals and “Phoenix Jones” will have a half decent super villain.

  5. Random Person says:

    Idiot.

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      It seems like in this day of reality T.V. people will do just about anything to get attention for a shot at a possible reality show. These guys MOSTLY Fodor are complete idiots and deserve to be locked up for sticking their nose in other peoples business. If they keep this up one of them is going to end up getting very in jured or dead on the streets of Seattle. I think a clown suit would be nore appropraite rather than trying to be a super hero. Will someone please forward this message to all those 4400 friends on facebook of this idiot Fodor. BTW i’m sure this is only going to hurt his brother who is a legit fighter in MMA.
      Also to the IDIOT Brit commenting below about Americans just remember if it wasn’t for us “yanks” you would be speaking German you little un grateful prick. my uncle died fighting for Englands freedom. Younger generation of Brits don’t have a clue howq screwed their country was before we FED them and supplied them with eevrything from food to medicine, military supplies then we have to send our soldiers, pilots, Navy over there to save your sorry asses. Younger generation of Brits have to be nothing but a humiliation to their grandparents who very much appreciated the USA for saving their asses. screw all you arragant Brits (YOU BRITS ARE ALL NO DIFFERENT THAN THAT IDIOT BISPING)

      • i hate yanks says:

        and you would never have been born if it wrent for us and our empire so learn your history nobhead

        • GET RID OF FITCH says:

          Nice try but i’m half American Indian and half russian.

        • i hate yanks says:

          thats a strange breed cock but we took ur land and slaughted your people haha nobhead

        • Arkascius Rowe says:

          Then you should no that the “yanks” input in the war was minuscule compared to that of the russains if it wasn’t for then the world would be blonde hair, blue eye, white radiate German speaking dicks so shut the fuck up American Russia was the main reason we won and even the small vital wars were won by countries other then Americans such as gallipolli won by the ANZAC’s

  6. shrouded says:

    The article does not mention that he has been shot once and stabbed 3 times doing this. I like how the article says almost hit by a car when you can see the guy go over the hood. He should bring a female superhero with him to slap sense into drunk woman like that idiot with a shoe. What he is doing is dangerous but not illegal. They need to give him back his suit.

  7. i hate yanks says:

    only in america would you see something like this if someone tried this in england they get there get head caved in big time but all yanks are pussys arnt they

    • Drd says:

      Lol it would be easier to take this post seriously if you came from a country that has produced better fighters than Dan Hardy and Michael Bisping. So come back when England can hold a title down lil buddy. And btw good job mangling the English language ya limey retard.

    • Phony says:

      …this ass isn’t from England, because English people refer to their homeland as Britian, not England. his vocabulary isn’t even close to how the English speak. Just ignore ‘em and he’ll probably commit suicide for the betterment of society

    • ThaGreenBandit says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah. All that talk…

  8. I hate yanks ,i wish you would shut the fuck up.I’m from england and your pissing me off .Your trying to start a england vs usa argument and its pretty fucking pathetic.Not everyone from england is like you ,you sad pathetic loser.If your gunna comment,make it about mma or the thread title.The fact you call yourself “i hate yanks” tells me your a little mummy’s boy who’s got nothing better to do than stir shit from behind your keyboard.Get a life and don’t be so pathetic.End of rant.

    • i hate yanks says:

      n tha rite ive nowt better to do ive bin drinkin so i fought lets pilock sum yanky fuckers itll b funny seen as tho there all fucktards

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      Nice try techno striker I have yet to mett a Brit wsho doesn’t talk and hate Americans like your country “IDOL” Bisping. Everytime i hear Bispin g open his mouth it makes me hate Brits even more. before seeing bisping on the ultimate fighter i had always thought the Brits were very well spoken respectful people but boy was I wrong. the hate you Brits have for our country is unbelievable considering we saved your sorry asses in both world wars. BTW why do they have to use subtitles when you people speak? i was told by another Brit on another MMA site that Brits like Bisping and Mcsweeney come from a very povered part of England where even most Brits have a hard time understanding what they say. Is that true?

      • i hate yanks says:

        because tha a fucktard who dunt realise that birtain is made up 3 countries england scotland and wales each with a local dilect thats different in every tarn or city and its only fairies and yanks who cant work art a local accent

      • DAVE says:

        get rid of fitch – wait ” before seeing bisping on the ultimate fighter i had always thought the Brits were very well spoken respectful people but boy was I wrong” so now that you’ve seen bisping who you clearly think is a prick your attitude has changed…………..because of 1 person out of 60 million. well sir then you truly are an idiot and only serve to perpetuate the stereotype thast all “yanks” are stupid. ok you don’t like bisping surely that doesn’t mean all brits (people from Scotland, Wales, England & N. Ireland) are dicks. if that’s the case then all “yanks” are cocks, as chael sonnen is a xenophobic, racist cunt! does that make sense??? no of course it doesn’t. all countries have a fairly high proportion of cocks (most of them seem to find their way online to voice thier idiotic and rasict opinions about other people and their countires).
        on a seperate note, i think you’e a little deluded in your recollection of the “facts” regarding WW2, bearing in mind you only joined after you were attacked and wouldn’t have bothered if not. it is quite american to try and play the hero when it couldn’t be further from the truth e.g. vietnam, korea, Iran, Iraq and a number of other wars that were faught entierly for profit and somehow hidden under the guise of “good vs Evil”. please think before you type such utter shit!!

        i mean no disrespect to those who lost their lives fighting for causes their governments lied to them about.

  9. GET RID OF FITCH says:

    Hey Brit tard did you forget Ireland in your rant. you better slop down another glass of cheap ass pub beer and then go call your ROID connenction Mick Hart and get a shot in the butt

    • i hate yanks says:

      does tha mean northern ireland if tha does thats part of the united kingdom not great britain fucktard and who the fuck is mick hart cocksnot

      • GET RID OF FITCH says:

        I think thats your mummy callling you for bed there little fella, time to get tucked in. Man what a sorry existance living in a country where all you have in sports is someone like Michael bisping to worship. no wonder thousands of you brits run over to wales every year and jump off those cliffs. Did you know that your sorry ass country has to import about 98% of everything needed to survive. Its funny you guys start wars but then can’t support yourselves and have to get rescued and NEVER paid back any of the billions we gave you to survive.

        • riDICKulous says:

          you fuckin americans can’t sustain your own wars too! u need help from everyone else’s army. and btw, which war recently that you guys started but couldn’t even finish it at all.

          useless pricks. democracy my ass.

      • ThaGreenBandit says:

        You sound like a complete fucking joke. For real. Those that rep your own country would probably smack the shit outta you for coming off as such a lame.

  10. DaRuckuz says:

    lol @ usa vs the brits, just as funny as dat girl almost faceplanting at 50sec in

  11. Night-Wind says:

    Would you think that when people goes nuts like those they will go even more crazy when they see a guy with a superhero costume and pepper spray?

  12. jojo says:

    idiot looking for his 15min of fame, idiot writer looking in all the wrong places for “real” superheroes…and idiot overweight guy tryin to run to keep up with all the idiotic crap goin on…..

    you seriously expect to come onto a scene of disorder, looking like a freakin escaped mental patient, and expect to resolve anything? Especially when you have no clue what the situation is? (maybe the 2 guys getting their asses whooped just fondled some guys girl in a club….etc..etc..) and you go pepper spraying indiscriminantly while you and your idiotic looking crew of misguided justice fail to do anything productive….

    leave the costume for trick or treating and go out in normal clothes, show your face, and use your words and hands to assist people in need, AFTER making sure they are truly in need and not potentially deserving of an ass whooping….or better yet, just stick to your DVDs and video games…

  13. Mandy says:

    It seems like the last two generations of Americans are getting more and more immature. There were comic book superheros in the 1930s, but do you think there was some idiot wandering around the streets of Chicago dressed like one, trying to nab Al Capone? Some people are in desperate need of growing up.

  14. fingerssfv says:

    What were these guys thinking? Did only Fodor have pepper spray? Why not all of these guys in this vigilanty group? Next, never allow any one to walk up to you and lay hands on you, especially if you have a large can of pepper spray. Next, you can’t stop there. Spray the fool who hits you or your entourage, then beat the sh*t out of him. Do not allow anyone to harm your crew, Phoenix. I don’t care if it was a female hitting you, if she is hitting you like a man, knock the sh*t out of her. If she wants tto fight men, let her be ready to get slugged by a man. She needs to chill, of suffer the consequences. Unless she is your lover, do not allow no bi*ch to strike you. If she’s your ol lady, better not hit her. If she’s some behemoth like the one attacking Jones, she should have been restrained and arrested. Or just got kicked in the head (not really) Never hit females, unless she is an Amazon who could kick your a*s, if you let her.

  15. chels says:

    This guy is amazing. There are so.many people who are actually talented and strong enough to handle these situations and its nice to see someone using their training for something good. Of course he should wear a mask to protect his identity. But we need more people like this. Kudos to Phoenix. Give him back his suit.

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