By Lanford Beard
October 14, 2011 at 03:27 PM EDT
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This week, we learned the law doesn’t discriminate. Fresh on the heels of the Hollywood hacker’s arrest, another cult personality dubbed “Seattle’s real-life superhero” has been cuffed. Phoenix Jones, né Benjamin Fodor, was hauled into prison this past Sunday, reports The Washington Post. Fodor appeared in court this morning to address assault charges from an incident in which he allegedly pepper sprayed people who were fighting outside a club. He appeared outside the court room to at last be unmasked after nearly a full year of speculation.

After prosecutors declined to press assault charges, Fodor pulled a Clark Kent and ripped open his suit to reveal a high-tech black-and-gold superhero costume (outfitted with a bulletproof vest and stab plating) underneath. As Phoenix Jones, Fodor leads the Rain City Superhero Movement, a group of self-styled vigilantes — including his wife PurpleReign — with background in mixed martial arts. Members of the Movement have been patrolling the streets of the Emerald City since January. Fodor himself has been credited with preventing a carjacking and a bus theft. “I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight,” he vowed before reporters outside the courthouse, “In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother. I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else.”

So, PopWatchers, we already made one nomination for America’s next superhero, but do you think Phoenix Jones is a better man for the post? Is America ready for a Kick-Ass-style superhero? Or is this a swift way to get yourself killed? If you joined Jones’ Rain City Superhero Movement, what would be your super-secret superhero identity?

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