Phoenix Jones and his band of merry men released video of an encounter they had this past weekend in Belltown that involved an assailant wielding a miniature baseball bat. The group managed to break up the fight, this time without dousing anyone in pepper spray.
In the video, Jones and a handful of other real-life superheroes stand across the street until someone notices a group of guys "squaring off." The crime-fighters bolt into action, and we get a brief glimpse of the skirmish. The fight ends when somebody throws a mini-bat -- like something you might get for free at a Mariners game -- at the men in masks and takes off running. Jones associate Pitch Black gives chase but ultimately comes up empty-handed. Another group piles into a car and speeds off. The footage ends after about five minutes when police arrive on the scene to find "a victimless crime."
Also amusing in the video is a shady crowd of onlookers gathered in the parking lot that offer a running commentary on the encounter. One of the men tells Jones to "get out my son's Halloween outfit," and other gushes, "this is amazing, I ain't know we're in Gotham city."
When Jones approaches the bat/club left on the pavement, the peanut gallery shouts, "That's evidence! Leave that alone!"
To which our hero replies, "You know as well as I know, the police are not involved in evidence. This is Seattle."Just one month ago, Jones (real name: Ben Fodor) was arrested for using pepper-spray while attempting to break up another fight downtown. The City Attorney's office has thus far declined to file charges, but spokeswoman Kimberly Mills says the case won't officially be closed for another year and 10 months, when the statute of limitations expires for fourth-degree assault.
Mills says Jones' latest escapade won't affect the status of his other case, but he was clearly nervous about the implications. In another video, shot from a camera dangling around Jones' neck, he can be heard telling the the cops, "I don't even care about the crime. I just want you to know I didn't pepper spray nobody. I didn't even have it on me."