SEATTLE, Nov. 25 (UPI) — Seattle prosecutors said self-proclaimed “superhero” Phoenix Jones will not face assault charges, but they said the man is “no hero.”
City Attorney Pete Holmes said “proof problems” prevented him from filing misdemeanor assault charges against Jones, who publicly unmasked himself as Benjamin Fodor, 23, prior to an Oct. 13 hearing, in connection with an Oct. 9 incident in which he allegedly used pepper spray on a group of people, Seattlepi.com reported Thursday.
“However, Mr. Fodor is no hero,” Holmes said in a statement, “just a deeply misguided individual.”
“He has been warned that his actions put himself in danger, and this latest episode demonstrates that innocent bystanders can also be harmed,” the prosecutor said.
Fodor claimed he was breaking up a fight in the Oct. 9 incident. Police said they were unable to interview two of the four victims as they fled the scene.