Vigilante Justice: Real Life Superheroes Fight Crime


Seattle police said that it is not illegal to dress up as a superhero, but they worry about excess calls to 911 when residents confuse Jones and the other real-life superheroes with criminals. Police said that acting as a superhero can be dangerous, but Red Dragon said that the people they confront rarely turn against them.

"If you approach somebody with the right attitude, they're not going to really escalate things. For the most part, they'll just leave you alone," he said.

Real-Life Superheroes Feed Homeless

Jones' quest to help his fellow residents is a weirdly close imitation of the movie "Kick Ass," whose characters dress up as superheroes and take on crime fighting.

Jones said he has a real nine-to-five job, a wife and two kids.

He told ABC affiliate KOMO that an incident with his son inspired him to put on his cape.

One night someone broke into Jones' car, and the broken glass injured his son and resulted in a trip to the emergency room. When people told Jones that several people witnessed the break-in but did nothing, he was dumbfounded.

"Teenagers are running down the street, breaking into cars, and no one does anything? Where's the personal accountability?" Jones told KOMO.

Jones emphasizes that his real mission is to help people -- he also hands out food to the homeless. On the night ABC News followed the men, they distributed food from Taco Bell to homeless people sitting on the sidewalks.

While police might be skeptical, Jones and his gang of wannabe heroes don't plan to give up.

"I have two kids," he said. "I always tell them the same thing every time before I go on patrol: 'This is the only thing daddy could think of to make the world better for you guys, and I'll see you when I get home.'"

ABC Affiliate KOMO contributed to this story.

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