This weekend, the “usual suspects” of superheroes were out and about, pursuing justice in their own way.
The usual trio El Caballero, Red Ranger, and Dragon patrolled their usual turf of the U-District. Overall, the weather was fair and they did not run into any major problems. A majority of the patrol was just Dragon and El Caballero, but they later met up with Red Ranger to share information and get much needed hydration. Being a superhero is thirsty work.
They encountered what appeared to be a “protest” or some type that seemed to speak about the plight of the homeless. The ECHO members gave water bottles and energy bars as much as they could. Per usual, it was noted that both peace and harmony prevailed.
Phoenix Jones has hit the ground running from his brief respite. He has his own case trying to take down “Nook,” apparently from a gang known as the “Pirates.”
According to Phoenix Jones’ Facebook fan page, he’s been tracking a string of violent robberies allegedly done by this particular gang. The page also states that Phoenix Jones has been tracking them, using his own tips and informants.
It should be duly noted that if you have information on crime in your area, please share it with your local police department, not just your local superhero.
Phoenix Jones seemingly had a confrontation with “Nook” while Jones was “busting” his friend. It was noted that “Nook” did not have a foreign accent, which contradicts Jones’ earlier suspicions that he was part of an African gang. Though it’s unclear, it apparently happened while Jones was on a date.
Jones mentioned going through various police reports in his investigations. With no police report numbers or dates given, it’s difficult to verify his story. That said, I can neither confirm nor deny this report.
Though no statement was made on the subject, we can only hope that peace and harmony prevailed for Phoenix Jones as it did for the members of ECHO.
Here is ECHO’s report via their Facebook page:
ECHO Patrol Log: 09-27/28-2014
Report By: El Caballero Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger Location: U district
Time: 11:00pm – 2:00am
Last night’s patrol was nice and mellow. The weather was dry and pleasant, leaves beginning to fall and one can feel the autumnal change in the air.
Dragon and I began from the north end of ‘The Ave’ and worked our way south. We change our maneuvers …and tactics each patrol for security reasons and encourage others to do the same. Lots of young folks out and about, yet everyone was friendly and in good spirits.
The ‘usual suspects’ who peddle narcotics (note-ECHO has never had a problem nor have bothered people who smoke marijuana. It is now legal in Washington State anyway) were nowhere to be found, perhaps in prison?
Continued winding through the neighborhoods, streets and alleys. We briefly meet with Red Ranger for an Intel swap and thank God, some of his bottles of water!
The ‘protest’ happening next to the US Post Office, Metro bus stop, there on the SE corner of NE 43rd st and University Ave. Six tents of various sizes, colors and shapes connected together, cardboard signs with one proclaiming homelessness is not a crime. There are several people and dogs sleeping here. No sign of toilet facilities. We continue to give them water in bottles and energy bars, (though our budget in ECHO is currently just based on each members ability to donate from their own pocket).
Made the rounds with more hi-fives, head nods and some fan photos, it was a nice, peaceful night. Harmony prevailed!
Here is Phoenix Jones’ report via his Facebook Fan Page:
Note: It has been edited for language.
INVESTIGATION DAY 2
SOURCES EMAILED ME A PHOTO. RECOGNIZED HIM IMMEDIATELY. EVEN INTERVENED ON HIS FRIEND ROBBING A CIVILIAN WHILE I WAS IN PLAIN CLOTHES, ON A DATE.
THIS IS TOO SIMPLE. LIFE BARELY EVER WRAPS THINGS UP IN …A PRETTY RED BOW, ESPECIALLY NOT MY LIFE.
I SPEND THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS READING THE 14 PUBLIC POLICE REPORTS.
6 REPORTS MATCH “Black male, 5’10”, 170 lbs. Snatches open wallet or phone from victim and runs away.”
4 REPORTS MATCH “White male 5’8″ to 6′, medium build. Approaches victim and threatens with knife or blunt object. Takes valuables and forces victim to run away.”
4 REPORTS MATCH “Black male, 5’10”, 170 lbs. Approaches victim with weapon. Strikes victim or forces victim on the ground. Victim is robbed by several people who are speaking a foreign language. All victims report seeing multiple dark males running from the scene.”
AT FIRST GLANCE I THOUGHT 10 MATCHED THE “PIRATES” AND 4 WERE RANDOM MUGGINGS.
“Hey, Super NXXXXX! Go fXXX yourself and leave mine alone!” THAT’S WHAT “NOOK” YELLED AT ME WHEN I WAS BUSTING HIS FRIEND ON MY DATE. HE SPOKE PERFECT ENGLISH AND SO DID HIS 5 FRIENDS. I’VE SEEN HIM A DOZEN TIMES AND NEVER NOTICED AN ACCENT OR A WORD IN A STRANGE DIALECT. MIXED WITH THE FACT THAT THESE ENCOUNTERS WERE HIGH STRESS SITUATIONS WHERE MOST PEOPLE RESORT TO SPEAKING THEIR MOST COMFORTABLE LANGUAGE.
MAYBE I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE WRONG CRIMINALS?
MAYBE THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE. SOMEONE WHOSE M.O IS MORE VIOLENT THAN THE PIRATES., SOMEONE I HAVE TO MEET.