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Charges dropped against Marine reservist accused of attacking priest in Tampa
The All American Guys Model Who Beat a Greek Orthodox Priest With a Tire Iron / Queerty
Newser — A Marine reservist in Tampa chased down a terrorist and beat him with a tire iron—only the terrorist was actually a lost tourist and Greek Orthodox priest who spoke little English. Jasen D. Bruce went after Alexios Marakis after Marakis approached him asking for directions. Bruce chased him for three blocks, even calling to tell police he was detaining Marakis, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Bruce claimed the man grabbed his crotch and tried to rob him, and told cops Marakis was a terrorist and that he yelled "Allahu Akbar" Arabic for "God is great" , though the Greek church is Christian.
Police said Bruce, a year-old Marine reservist, beat a Greek Orthodox priest with a tire iron on Nov. The beating occurred after Father Alexios Marakis asked Bruce for directions, police said. Bruce maintained that he acted in self-defense and that Marakis grabbed his genitals and tried to rob him in a parking garage.
Jason Bruce, a Marine reservist in Tampa, Fla. Bruce has initiated a shameful legal defense: the priest grabbed his crotch. The actual story is quite different. Marakis followed several cars into the parking garage of a condominium in order to seek instructions. He approached Bruce, who was retrieving items from the trunk of his car.