Vengeance mistaken for Vigilance...
-Torpedo will knock his opponents out, or give them a bloody nose or lip - but he's not going so far that he knocks out teeth or breaks a guy's arm.
-Torpedo definitely wouldn't use his wrist-weapon on a common human thug.
-Torpedo is a puncher not a kicker. He normally uses his fists and elbows in a fight.
-Torpedo is located in New York City. I recommend doing a web search for photos for visual reference.
-Torpedo doesn't fight these criminals for the good of the city. He's pummeling them as he demands information about a certain criminal he's searching for, so...
-He often grabs criminals by their shirt collar and gets face-to-face with his opponent to question him.
-Unsatisfied, when he learns nothing useful from the crook, Torpedo simply takes off into the sky, powered by his jet boots... not interacting with anyone else left behind (such as a purse-snatching victim or newly arrived policemen).
-Lastly, the pictures above are for your visual reference of Torpedo. This is NOT how he normally fights. In the pictures, he's fighting a stronger opponent. He wouldn't get tossed around like a punk by common thugs :)