Police have arrested a self-styled superhero who claims he prevents trouble on the streets. The 23-year-old, who calls himself Phoenix Jones and wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, is accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.
Jones said he and his sidekick, known as Ghost, were only trying to stop a street brawl in Seattle and wrote on his Facebook page that he would not "hurt another person if they were not causing harm to another human being".
Seattle police said there is no indication there was a fight. "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," a spokesman said.