As children the concept of superheroes seemed as real as Santa Claus. We tended to believe in the reality of someone else’s imagination. Yet now, in tumultuous times, armor-clad vigilantes have been springing up across the country. Meet Phoenix Jones: Seattle’s very own Batman.
One night while returning to his car, a man identified only as Dan discovered that someone else had gotten there first. Right in front of him an evildoer was attempting to break into his car. Dan was about to call the police for help, but before he could even finish dialing, help had arrived. Out of nowhere sprinted a man wearing a superhero costume who chased the crook away.
“From the right, this guy comes dashing in, wearing this skintight, rubber, black-and-gold suit, and starts chasing him away,” Dan told local TV news station KIRO.
When later interviewed, the superhero, who goes by the name Phoenix Jones, said he had started his crime fighting career about nine months ago and has been patrolling the streets ever since. He also said that he does it to symbolize that just because he is a normal person with no super powers doesn’t mean that he can’t make a change in the world:
“When I walk into a neighborhood, criminals leave because they see the suit,” Jones said. “I symbolize that the average person doesn’t have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing.”
Just like a real superhero, Phoenix Jones does have his own secret base, which is accessed through a secret entrance at the back of a comic store. His costume is also specially equipped for fighting crime; while it’s not designed as a tool of vengeance or violence, it is instead meant for self-protection. The costume is made of special material that is both bullet and stab proof. He also carries mace and a taser as defensive weapons.
Luckily for the superhero, his costume really does work—he has been stabbed and had a gun pulled on him multiple times without ever sustaining any serious injuries. And even though he has gone through some tough encounters, Phoenix Jones continues to patrol the streets of Seattle looking to upkeep justice and fight crime.
You can see Phoenix Jones in action by clicking here.
(Story and photo via NY Post)