Self-styled 'superhero' arrested over pepper spray attack

A man, who considers himself a crime stopping 'superhero,' has been arrested after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray in Seattle, U.S

The 23-year-old man, who calls himself Phoenix Jones, was booked in a county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday.

Jones, who wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, said he was only trying to stop a street brawl.

"Just because he's dressed up in costume, it doesn't mean he's in special consideration or above the law. You can't go around pepper spraying people because you think they are fighting," the Telegraph quoted Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson as saying.

Jones has been the most public face of a group of vigilante crime stoppers to show up in Seattle in the last couple of years.

His exploits have garnered much media attention, and he's had a camera crew trailing him in recent months.

On the police report, the officer wrote that Jones "has had a history of injecting himself in these incidents. Recently there have been increased reports of citizens being pepper sprayed by (Jones) and his group."

The report goes on to say that although Jones "has been advised to observe and report incidents to (police), he continues to try to resolve things on his own."

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