Guardian Shield has defeated evildoers, but rising rent has become his Kryptonite, forcing the Beaverton superhero to find more affordable digs in another county.
He’ll be leaving his Beaverton/Aloha patrols behind him in December and moving to Marion County where he plans to find other neighborhoods in need of his services.
“I was fortunate enough to find a little bit bigger place for a better price,” he said.
Rent at his complex increased this year from $980 to $1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment, he said.
Guardian Shield, who asked that the name of his mild-mannered alter ego not be made public for his safety, is considering Clackamas County for his future patrols, specifically Oregon City, Canby and the Wilsonville area.
The Oregonian/Oregonlive and several other media outlets featured Guardian Shield in October after word got out about a guy dressed like a superhero patrolling apartment complexes at night.
Guardian Shield, 34, is a quirky version of neighborhood watch. Dressed from head to toe in red Lycra wearing a black mask over his eyes and carrying a black shield with the letters GS on it, he has become quite popular.
While riding a MAX train to a television station interview, he said people went out of their way to greet him.
“People who weren’t even riding the MAX would run onto it really quick (at a stop) and shake my hand and run off again. It happened to me a couple of times,” he said.
Fewer “people are scared of me, which is good,” he added.
If only fame paid. Guardian Shield is between jobs right now.
“What do you do when you can’t find a job? Go back to college,” he said. He plans to major in business.
As for protecting Beaverton and other areas, “I will do my best, but if you feel that your neighborhood needs a superhero, look in the mirror.”
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Say it isn’t so: Guardian Shield is moving out of Beaverton.
As it turns out, even superheroes can’t fight the menace of rapidly rising housing costs, so Shield scored cheaper rent at an apartment complex in Clackamas County.
Beaverton’s own real-life superhero announced on Facebook this week that he’ll be boxing up his spandex red tights, his police baton and his “GS”-emblem ballistic police shield by the end of the year.
Shield still hopes to get back to Beaverton and Aloha for patrols, since he expects to soon have a supermobile, but residents of Oregon City, Canby, Wilsonville and possibly Tualatin have a better chance of seeing him in action when he resumes patrols in early 2016.
“I’m hoping to get around a little more,” he said.
The self-appointed superhero has been conducting foot patrols from his home base off Southwest Farmington Road since the beginning of the year. He did so largely behind-the-scenes, usually eliciting a positive response for his crime-deterring efforts but occasionally getting odd looks and a rare curse, possibly because people didn’t know what a masked man was doing roaming their neighborhood.
Then the Beaverton Valley Times and other media latched on to his story in recent weeks, with two more television stations joining the frenzy this week.
“At this point I would be really surprised if somebody hasn’t heard of me,” said Shield, a 34-year-old Army veteran who asked to remain anonymous.
Shield is still trying to enlist additional help in the form of a loose organization he calls Community Superheroes. He has generated interest but noted that it took him nine years to cobble together enough money to buy his superhero uniform.
“It’s going to take a little time,” he said. “It’s a work in progress.”
Because of that, he plans to keep his patrols confined to the suburbs for now.
“I need a team for Portland,” he explained. “I can’t ‘solo’ Portland.”
Meanwhile, Shield noted that he is transitioning from past work in the fitness industry to life as a community college student. Asked if he’ll study criminal justice, he said he’s leaning more toward business management.
But he promises to shut the books and hit the streets as often as practical, even though the media spotlight is likely to dim.
“I want to stay humble,” he said. “It’s all about the mission. I’ve got to keep my head in the game.”
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BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — It seems superheros are real after all, at least in Washington County.
Sheathed in spandex, bedecked in body armor and bearing a ballistic shield, Guardian Shield is shedding light on the darkness in Beaverton and Aloha.
“I’m not out here for the hundreds of people that don’t need me,” Guardian Shield, who won’t reveal his mortal name, told KOIN 6 News. “I’m out here for that one or the few that do.”
Washington County’s superhero fends off forces of evil and crime equipped with pepper spray, a stun gun and his trusty shield.
He’s serious about protecting the innocent. It’s a calling he says he’s felt ever since the launch of the Real Life Super Hero Project.
Guardian Shield won’t disclose his mortal name, but he’s determined to make Washington County safer. (KOIN)
“Sadly, there is a reason that saying exists, ‘there’s never a cop when you need one,’” Guardian Shield said. “They’re outnumbered.”
Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding says there’s an element of truth to that.
“We can’t be everywhere,” Chief Spalding said. “We do get spread pretty thin and there’s times when we’re all tied up on calls.”
At the same time, police worry about the dangers Guardian Shield may face when he’s out fighting crime.
“I’d hate to see him get injured or hurt because he’s not prepared, doesn’t have the training that we provide our police officers,” Chief Spalding said.
But Guardian Shield says he’s ready to engage. He’s got combat confidence stemming from military training, although he’s never had to use it before. He’s never collared a crook, foiled a felony or busted a break-in. And he never hopes to.
Guardian Shield already has a number of fans in Washington County. (KOIN)
“He’s really not any different than neighborhood watch or people walking around in their neighborhoods looking,” Chief Spalding said. “He just happens to be wearing a costume.”
It’s a costume that’s made him stand out among locals. And he’s already racked up a good amount of fans.
“He is the definition of a superhero,” Melissa MacFarlane said. “It’s awesome.”\
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Nearly a year ago, a man dressed from head to toe in red Lycra wearing a black mask over his eyes and carrying a black shield with the letters GS on it, stepped out his front door in Beaverton.
“It was the scariest thing,” he said. He asked himself, “Am I nuts?”
After each step, the man said to himself, “I could go back now.”
But he didn’t, and the superhero Guardian Shield was officially born. He has taken it upon himself to patrol his neighborhood and those nearby to ensure they stay safe.
If people had made fun of him that first day, Guardian Shield said he would have given it up, but they didn’t. “For every hater, there are 50 (supporters),” he said, noting that he is occasionally cussed at or spit on.
Guardian Shield asked that the name of his mild-mannered alter ego not be made public for his safety.
“When you’re the only one doing this, you can’t hide in the crowd,” he said. “It puts a bull’s-eye on you and anyone you associate with.”
Given social media, Guardian Shield said people will figure it out eventually.
Guardian Shield is almost as popular as Mr. Incredible. During a late night patrol Oct. 29, people went out of their way to say “hi” or have their pictures taken with him. His popularity rocketed after a local news station earlier in the week featured him. A gregarious, personable guy, he loves the attention.
“It’s nice to have someone walk you home,” said Lauren Ofenham, a resident, who stopped to chat with the superhero.
Guardian Shield said he isn’t out to start fights or challenge an archenemy to a battle; he’s not that kind of superhero.
Guardian Shield Beaverton superhero instructs a future sidekick “I’m out here to de-escalate (problems),” he said.
Carrying a ballistic shield and wearing a ballistic vest under his Lycra outfit, Guardian Shield is a new, quirky approach to neighborhood watch.
“I got tired of people putting videos up (of crimes) and nobody is doing anything to help,” he said. “If I can be in the right place, I know CPR and first aid. I’m the ultimate first responder.”
Guardian Shield, 34, is an Oregon native. He grew up in Aurora and moved to Beaverton a year ago after a stint in the military. He works in the fitness industry, he said. As for his family, he said, “that’s classified.”
The superhero idea came to him after learning in 2006 about a national movement of “real life” superheroes who patrol city streets. The Rain City Superhero Movement in Seattle was featured by CNN in 2013. One of the superheroes, Phoenix Jones, wears a $10,000 Kevlar suit. Guardian Shield wears about $2,000 worth of equipment.
His superhero outfit is a combination of Mr. Incredible, Captain America and The Phantom. He draws comic book characters and said he designed the costume, but he doesn’t sew. So, he ordered the pieces and put them together. He did a little stitching to attach a hood to the body of the suit. He wears lacrosse shoulder and knee pads, military boots and motorcycle gloves. He carries a video camera, a police baton, pepper spray, dog spray, a flashlight and a cell phone.
He uses the flashlight constantly, lighting dark areas around garages and bushes as he patrols. He has pulled his pepper spray but hasn’t used it. He has, however, used his cell phone to dial 911.
During his first week on patrol Guardian Shield said he heard crashing and screaming. He had come across a domestic violence situation and immediately called police. Most of the time, however, he’s looking for people breaking into cars or storage units. He will also escort people to their doors in the dark.
He walks about nine miles during his patrols, which begin at 10 p.m. and ends at 1 or 2 a.m. The patrols carry him from the Cedar Crest Apartments on Southwest Farmington in Aloha to neighborhoods near St. Mary’s Woods Apartments two or three times a week. He isn’t contracted or paid.
“I do this on my own,” he said. “I’m just a concerned citizen.”
Lately, a few people have shown interest in becoming Guardian Shield sidekicks. A woman, who plans to call herself Rowan, joined the patrol last Thursday in a hoodie. She hasn’t made her costume yet.
“I want to be active in my community,” she said. “And I like to dress up.”
Guardian Shield said he loves the idea of a sidekick, but he wants to make sure they’ve got the right temperament. He doesn’t want people who spark fights.
“You can’t just walk out there and throw your weight around,” he said.
As he says on his Facebook page, “Until next time Beaverton, stay vigilant, stay safe. Shield out.”
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Being a spandex-clad superhero might not be out-of-place around Halloween, but Guardian Shield doesn’t pay attention to what the calendar says.
No, he has crime to fight. Or probably just deter.
For 10 months now, the masked man has been patrolling the streets and apartment complexes of Beaverton and Aloha dressed in his home-made red and black uniform and carrying a SWAT-style ballistic shield, both carrying his “GS” emblem. He has logged about 200 hours and hundreds of miles on foot patrols and said he is just getting started.
“Every kid wants to be a superhero growing up,” said the 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran, who doesn’t want his real identity revealed. “Life kicks it out of people.”
But that dream never died for Guardian Shield.
He is the friendliest of superheros, not a taciturn Batman type.
“That works great in Gotham – doesn’t really work so well in our society,” said Guardian Shield, not letting a car or pedestrian pass without a wave or a thumb’s up.
“I’m not out here for the hundreds of people who don’t need me,” he said. “I’m out here for the few who do.”
Shield, as he also is known, has felt the calling ever since the Real Life Super Hero Project launched nearly a decade ago. Another Beaverton-based superhero known as Zetaman (now inactive) was part of that movement and helped inspire Guardian Shield.
Word is starting to get out, both through the media and in his neighborhood because, well, it’s hard not to notice a superhero.
Del Goff, making a delivery into an apartment complex just off Farmington Road, squeaked his truck to a stop to ask who he was and snap a photo for his grandchildren.
A minute later, Janaye McDonnell, who lives in the complex, also walked up for a photo and to thank Shield.
“A superhero walking around the neighborhood: You can’t go wrong with that,” she said. “We’re very thankful to have you.”
He kicked around ideas for his persona and came up with his superhero name long before he put it into action.
“I wanted to be a guardian of the citizens and I wanted to shield people from harm,” he said.
Just as he doesn’t have Batman’s dark knight nature, Shield also doesn’t have Bruce Wayne’s bank account.
Nine years ago, the future Guardian Shield started saving his money and buying equipment as he could afford it. He acquired the shield on eBay, a police baton on Amazon, work boots from a security website, gloves from a motorcycle outfitter, shoulder pads (painted lacrosse gear) from Play It Again Sports and his primary uniform from a website called SpandexMan.com.
“As soon as I had the money, I bought it.”
He spent $2,500.
“You’ve got to look professional,” he explained. “If you dress like a clown, people are going to treat you like a clown.”
To him, besides never growing out of his love of superheroes, his uniform (don’t make the mistake of calling it a costume) conveys a simple message: “I am good and I am here to help.”
“If I was a bad guy, I’m not going to be walking down the middle of the street wearing Spandex.”
While still an infantryman based at Fort Carson in Colorado, he slipped on the uniform a few times and stepped out into public in Colorado Springs. But he kept it pretty low-key.
“I was more just getting over the jitters,” he said.
He left the service late last year and returned to Oregon, where he grew up in rural Aurora.
To be clear, Guardian Shield hasn’t yet saved a life, or foiled a major crime or even collared a petty thief, but he has escorted people down dark driveways, kept a watchful eye out for garages and car doors accidentally left open and occasionally called Washington County Sheriff’s deputies with minor concerns, such as an encounter with a belligerent drunk.
“Yeah, it’s not glamorous and it’s not exciting or awesome, but you know what? No one else is out here.”
He acknowledges when the big stuff comes down, he relies on the cops just like everyone else. He has met deputies who regularly patrol the same neighborhoods he walks and – after they questioned him about what he was doing – they often wave hello and even have asked for selfies.
“They don’t sanction me but they support what I’m doing,” he said.
Getting himself geared up and into action was just the first phase of Guardian Shield’s plan. Phase II is assembling a team called Community Superheroes and broaden the patrols to more neighborhoods.
Several people have offered to be sidekicks, but so far no one has stuck with it. He gave another tryout recently and has high hopes by the increased interest.
“I think she’s gonna be a keeper, if she stays motivated,” he said. “The passion has got to be there.”
A friend also set up a GoFundMe account to help equip Shield and any fellow superheroes who join forces with him, but no one’s getting super rich or even paid at all.
Shield, who has worked in the fitness industry but is currently unemployed, also is currently without wheels. So a sidekick with a car would be helpful.
“If I had a vehicle, I’d be all over,” he said. “That will definitely get the show on the road.”
For the most part, people he meets have been positive, but he does see people slowing down as they pass him – their windows firmly rolled up – who can give him funny looks and the occasional unkind word.
“For every one hater, I get 50 who like what I do.”
He welcomes recent media attention because people are starting to understand why he’s out there. His Facebook page is “blowing up” with likes and messages.
“I’m going to take this and I’m going to do as much good with it as I can,” he said.
“A lot of people say, ‘Why don’t you just become a police officer?’ I say, ‘If they’d let me wear this, I would.’”
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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) –
It’s not a movie, it’s not a joke and it’s not pretend. A Beaverton man has decided to live out his dream in a most unusual way.
By day, he works a normal job, but at night, he puts on red spandex tights, grabs a ballistic shield and patrols local neighborhoods looking to stop trouble and help those in need.
He goes by the name The Guardian Shield.
“I make sure no one is breaking into cars, no one’s fighting, everyone is getting home to their families after a hard day of work,” he said.
Guardian Shield, who is fine simply being called Shield, asked FOX 12 not to use his real name. Instead, he wanted the focus to be on his mission.
On his nightly patrols, he looks for anything out of the ordinary. On a recent moonlit evening, Shield received nothing but positive feedback from the people he came across.
“I think it’s actually pretty cool seeing him around,” said Chris Delorenza.
Delorenza and his sister Katie said they love seeing the Shield roam the streets at night – where he often poses for cell phone photos with his fans – but they also admitted their mom wasn’t quite ready for him.
“She was getting out of her car and he talked to her and instead of talking to him she screamed, yeah, she got scared,” said Katie Delorenza.
The Guardian Shield is equipped with his shield, of course, but also pepper spray, a stun gun, a baton, a flashlight, a first aid kit and a GoPro camera.
“I want to be taken seriously,” he said. “Everything I do is legit, as much as possible.”
The Shield said his interactions with police have been positive and officers told FOX 12 they are aware of him. Police said they don’t encourage people to step into dangerous situations, but they do appreciate those who call 911 when they spot trouble and The Shield has done just that.
The Shield said he’s also not worried about the possibility of his involvement in a situation leading to a lawsuit against him.
“If I intervene, that means that somebody was down and nobody was doing nothing, and I’m tired of that,” he said. “People are sue-happy, but there’s also a reason why nobody gives a crap anymore and bad things happen, and it’s unacceptable.”
When asked about his personal life and whether The Guardian Shield has a significant other, he said that information would remain classified.
For more, go to The Guardian Shield’s Facebook page.
*FOX 12, using The Shield’s real name, checked into his background and found no criminal record.