SEATTLE – Self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones, a.k.a. Benjamin John Francis Fodor, appeared in court Thursday to answer to assault charges, only to be told by his attorney that no charges were being filed. The city attorney says it could still happen.
Fodor showed up at the King County Courthouse, with his mask on. Moments later, the judge ordered cameras out of the courtroom and Jones took his mask off.
That’s when Fodor's lawyer told him that the city was not filing any charges. But the city attorney says an investigation is ongoing and charges are still under consideration.
As reporters followed him out of the courtroom, Fodor put his mask back on. His attorney first made a statement outside the courtroom, then Fodor spoke.He said this incident isn’t going to stop him and he plans to be back out patrolling Thursday night.
He also invited the public to join him for patrols Saturday at 10 p.m. at First Avenue and Pike Street.
Then, Fodor took off his mask and started talking about his real identity.
"I also protect the city. I also am a father. I also am a brother. I'm just like everyone else. The only difference is that I decided to make a difference and stop crime in my neighborhood," said Fodor. "The charges were false. The video shows that."
Fodor is accused of using pepper spray on four people who were dancing after leaving a nightclub. Fodor says he was trying to break up a fight when he was attacked. The incident was caught on video.
As Phoenix Jones, Fodor says he's the leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement.