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Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones" unmasks himself outside courthouse

Ted S. Warren / AP

Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Seattle. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Fodor after he was arrested Sunday after police say he pepper sprayed a group of people downtown as they left a nightclub.

SEATTLE — The self-proclaimed Seattle superhero who goes by the name Phoenix Jones unmasked himself Thursday morning at a court hearing.

Prosecutors have filed no charges, but Jones, 23, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor, appeared in a court wearing a charcoal-colored mask and a superhero uniform under a black and gray striped shirt. A court officer asked him to remove the mask and he complied but put it back on after the hearing to speak with reporters — at which point, he dramatically removed it again to reveal his true identity.

Fodor was arrested Sunday after police say he pepper sprayed a group of people downtown as they left a nightclub. Fodor said he was trying to break up a fight when he was attacked. He spent about seven hours in jail before posting $3,800 bail.

Prosecutors told a judge they needed more time to decide whether to file charges.

Fodor said he would be back out on patrol again Thursday night. 

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