After being arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of assault, as we reported here on Comic Booked, today Rain City Superhero Phoenix Jones was scheduled to attend an arraignment hearing in Seattle, WA. Phoenix entered the court wearing a mask which he was ordered to remove. After an indecisive hearing in which prosecutors could not determine if they would be filing charges and asked for more time, Jones donned his mask and went out to make statements to the fans and the press.
“I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight. I’m Phoenix Jones. I’m also Ben Fodor. I also protect the city. I also am a father, I also am a brother. I’m just like everyone else,” he said. “The only difference is that I decided to make a difference and stop crime in my neighborhood and my area. I intend to keep making that difference. The charges were false. The video shows that, the court hearing shows that. And I’m going to continue to do what I’ve always done and if you want to help me in any way, send me a message. Find me on Facebook,” said Phoenix.
Even this simple press statement was not without its dramatic moments. A few questions in, Phoenix removed his mask to give the public their first glimpse of his face. Jones had previously used his Facebook page to invite his public to meet him after the hearing, and also welcomed everyone to come out with him afterwards to patrol and stop by the Occupy Seattle protest in Westlake Park. I cannot get confirmation if he actually followed through with these plans, but he has also invited the public to accompany him on a “patrol” in Seattle on Saturday at 10 p.m. at First and Pike, in downtown Seattle.
After having his true identity made public and the media storm surrounding this incident, I applaud Phoenix for just owning his real identity and carrying on with what he believes in. It is also thrilling how other members of the press are coming to the realization that through comments Phoenix has made in interviews about competing in mixed-martial arts events, his schooling, and patrol schedule, that almost anyone could have figured out his identity fairly easily [sarcastic applause]. As if we had any doubt, there is no keeping Phoenix Jones down. Good luck Phoenix! Stay tuned for further developments in this story.