Sunday, January 16, 2011
A real Kickass?
They'll get hurt for real.
'Super' hero guardian of Seattle breaks nose - but won't stop fighting crime
The masked crusader, who likes to call himself the Guardian of Seattle, got into a little local difficulty and had his nose broken while trying to protect his beloved city.
And the incident has prompted police to urge him and other self-styled saviours to hang up their capes before anyone gets seriously hurt.
‘Does Superman get his ass kicked?’ one detective – quite fairly – asked. ‘These people should not be called superheroes.’
Mr Jones – who parades around wearing tights, a mask and a skin-tight rubber suit with a bulletproof vest – was hurt while bravely (or stupidly) trying to break up a fight with a man who was armed with a gun.
But he insisted his injury won’t put him off fighting crime.
‘If police aren’t here, criminals feel free to run wild in my city,’ the father of two said. ‘And I’m not going to stand for it.’
Mr Jones insisted he endangered his life ‘with a reason and a purpose’ and claimed he and other caped crusaders all had a military or martial arts background and knew what they were facing.
His eight other colleagues revel in the monikers Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88 and Penelope.
He is often driven around the city by a mystery woman; she doesn’t bother with superhero garb.