Joey once worked as mercenary thief in Metropolis but stopped when Superman arrived. He doesn't want to get captured. When Lex approached him, that is his intention.
He and his men stole some unique plates to lure him. He and his men used jetpacks to escape. His men began firing flame guns at Superman. Superman defeated Joey's men and followed Joey to a building. Joey tricked Superman into coming to the construction site. Superman became weakened due to the kryptonite being around him. Joey became arrogant and knocked Superman close to edge which is far away from the kryptonite. Superman regained his strength and got Joey to fall into the canal, leaving Bibbo look over Joey. Joey was presumbly arrested after that event.