Friday, November 19, 2010

Seattle Police Encounter Real-Life Superheroes

Okay, this is a fun one...

The website Seattle PI has posted an article that Seattle police say that a group of people acting as real-life superheroes are patrolling the city streets to protect citizens from crime.  Calling themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement, the Seattle group is part of an organization called Real Life Superheroes that promotes superhero vigilante acitivity.  Members reportedly include the superheroes Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones, the Guardian of Seattle.

According to the article, Phoenix Jones was nearly shot by police when he came running out of a darkened park wearing a black costume.  Jones' true identity is now known by Seattle police and he apparently is often driven around town by a young woman not in costume who stays in the car while Jones does his superhero thing.  He was interviewed by police detectives this month and even came to police headquarters dressed in most of his costume.  The full costume, it seems, was being repaired after Jones was supposedly stabbed while breaking up a drug deal, although the police claim that may not have actually been wounded.

In another case, police responded to a harrassment complaint and found Jones with four other men and one woman, all in ski masks and bandanas, facing a man making threatening statements while swinging a golf club around.  The group reportedly refused to press charges because they didn't want to identify themselves to officers, so their golf club-packing nemesis walked.

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