A key part of this week's cover story on self-described superhero Phoenix Jones was attempting to independently verify his claims that he has been involved in several near-death encounters, and helped Seattle police arrest multiple criminals. As part of our reporting, we filed two public disclosure requests with SPD, asking for a list of all calls for service that involved Jones and/or his real-life identity, as well as copies of all police reports that mention Jones. As of May 5, there were a total of 18 incidents. Officers filed reports in seven cases, but ended up making just two arrests. Now, for the sake of transparency, we are releasing redacted versions of the police reports, as well as other documents cited in the story.
--On March 6, according to a report and 911 recording, a suspected drug dealer offered to sell Jones pills at the corner of 1st Avenue and Bell Street. Jones, the report says, was walking down the street when a guy asked him if he was a cop. Jones reportedly replied no, and added, "What, you've never gotten high and wanted to walk around outside in a costume?" When police arrived and interviewed the suspect, his name matched a prescription for the pills so he was allowed to go on his way. (Asked about this encounter, Jones and his sidekicks nearly doubled over in laughter, recalling how the alleged dealer approached them, apparently oblivious to their costumes and crime-fighting agenda.)
--On March 13 at around 4 a.m., Jones "detained" an extremely drunk guy at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Seneca Street who was spotted trying to smash the window of a parked Subaru with a street sign. According to the report, "Jones apparently held (redacted) down on the ground waiting for police to arrive. Someone in Jones' group had placed a coat under (redacted's) head to keep it from hitting the street while being held down." The drunk had no explanation for hitting the car, but since he only left a small paint smudge on the window police decided not to arrest him. Jones' documentary film crew captured the entire encounter on video.
--On April 21 at 9:26 p.m., Jones called 911 from the intersection of 50th and University Way to report a drug dealer peddling on the corner. The transcript of the 911 conversation reads, "[Complainant] says that he is dressed up as a superhero...when asked which one...he said he was 'Phoenix Jones...I'm my own hero." Jones, against the advice of the 911 operator, said he was planning an "undercover buy-bust operation." A few minutes later, another 911 caller reported a fight at the intersection. But when police arrived, a witness said he thought the superheroes were "posturing for a fight" for their film crew. The officer noted the "possibility that this group is attempting to lure officers into their operation by falsely reporting an emergency so that officers respond."
The rest of the incidents are either included in the story, relatively insignificant (i.e., Jones turned in a backpack to SPD's lost and found), or completely redacted by SPD's records division. Jones' name and personal info are being withheld at his request; read the story for an explanation as to why.
Also included in the cache of documents is a Snohomish County Sheriff's report in which the man who calls himself Phoenix Jones was arrested after a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license and "refusal to give information to or cooperate with an officer." This incident is also detailed in the cover story.
Finally, there are a handful of King County Superior court documents that pertain to a restraining order against Jones filed by Mr. Raven Blade, another "Real Life Superhero" from the Seattle area. Raven Blade's real name was redacted from the documents by SW, and background for this incident is provided in the story as well.