Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.And about that chase:
That man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks little English and was lost, police said. He wanted directions.
What the priest got instead, police say, was a tire iron to the head. Then he was chased for three blocks and pinned to the ground — as the Marine kept a 911 operator on the phone, saying he had captured a terrorist.
An exterior surveillance video of Tuesday's chase captured the two men in motion, said Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Laura McElroy:The testosterone soaked Bruce connected the dots into Terrorist! His lawyer, however, had a completely rational explanation:
"You see a very short, small man running, and an enormous, large muscular man chasing after him."
That's it! The bearded guy was a gay terrorist cruising for Marines in Tampa a city with an unpatriotic police force all set to cover it up!
Hours after his release from Orient Road Jail on Tuesday, Bruce stood silently as his attorney, Jeff Brown, told his version:
The bearded man wearing a robe and sandals was clearly trespassing in the garage. In a sudden move, the stranger made a verbal sexual advance and grabbed Bruce's genitals. The Marine defended himself. And immediately, he called 911 as he chased him.
Brown said the police initially called the Marine a "hero" and said the priest was "mentally ill."
He called the police's account "one-sided" and said the department should investigate a sergeant he said made derogatory comments about the Marine's military background.
Ah, xenophobia so thick you can smell it! (Thanks, Fox News! Thanks, Lou Dobbs! Thanks Rush Limbaugh!) For those who don't know, the word xenophobia comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear." (Thanks, Wikipedia!)
The world we live in.