Superhero Loses Job – Benjamin Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name “Phoenix Jones,” has lost his day job. Fodor was informed by the state Department of Social and Health Services in Washington that he could no longer work with vulnerable children because of his Oct. 9 arrest for investigation of assault. He says he was breaking up a late-night fight and used pepper spray in self-defense.
The 23-year-old Superhero was arrested and spent about seven hours in jail before posting $3,800 bail in the incident. But charges were never filed against Fodor and the case is still sitting before the city attorney. An assault conviction would ban him permanently from working with vulnerable people.
“I feel like it’s an unjust characterization of me. In five years, I haven’t had one complaint from any of the people I’ve worked with,” he told KING 5 News. “I teach basic life skills to autistic children … Stuff like balancing a checkbook, if you want to go shopping at the mall, how to figure out how much money to spend, how to balance money for the entire month, how to survive with your autism that you have,” the fallen superhero said.
Phoenix Jones is known for trying to fight late-night crime wearing a mask and protective suit, and told the station that he found out he was going to lose his job when he got a letter from the state last week, saying he could not longer work with the children.
“It basically just said that effectively immediately, I was no longer able to work with disabled or autistic children,” he said. “The reason is because I was put on a list of people who interject themselves into dangerous situations and some government agency put me on that list.”