If you’re going to take the job of protecting the country from terrorists into your own hands, it’s always best if you can tell the difference between a Greek Orthodox priest and an Arabic Terrorist. Apparently, despite being a Marine reservist, Jasen D. Bruce is not one of those people, but that didn’t stop him from stepping up when his country needed him most:
The incident took place around 6:35 p.m. Monday, police said. The priest, Alexios Marakis, 29, is from Crete, Greece. He is visiting St. Nicholas Greek Cathedral at 17 E Tarpon Ave. but police said he was in the Westshore area to bless another retired Greek priest.
But Marakis apparently got lost and exited northbound Interstate 275 into downtown Tampa, police said.
The priest followed several cars into the Seaport Channelside Apartments on Twiggs Street. He got out of his car and asked Bruce for help.
Instead of offering help, Bruce struck the priest on the head with a tire iron, police said.
He then chased the priest for three blocks to the Madison Avenue and Meridian Avenue, police said, and even called 911 to say that an Arabic man tried to rob him.
Next time perhaps he should call the police first and let them handle the situation before breaking out the tire iron.
Still, you’ve got to give Jasen credit for knowing when he’s screwed up big time:
The priest was taken to Tampa General Hospital. There, a translator helped Marakis speak to police.
Then officers went to Bruce’s apartment to speak to the reservist again. But he already had an attorney with him and refused to speak, police said.
I have a feeling someone is in for some anger management and racial sensitivity courses, at a minimum, in the near future.