TAMPA — A Marine reservist armed with a tire iron beat and chased a man he thought was an Arab terrorist and even called 911 to say he was detaining the man, police said.

But the man he assaulted was actually a Greek Orthodox priest visiting from overseas who spoke limited English, police said.

That's why police arrested reservist Jasen D. Bruce on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Police said they're also investigating whether Bruce, 28, committed a hate crime.

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.


FLASHBACK: September 16, 2001 - Sikh Says He Was Mistaken for Arab, Beaten
Original Post
(1) I'm not surprised.

(2) I'm glad that this is an old article.

(3) I fully expect to see similar articles in the very near future with a more current timestamp.
So this military dude wasn't able to discern between a greek accent and an arabic one?

and aren't Greeks considered ....white-ish? 19
aren't Greeks considered ....white-ish?

Sure but some have very dark (olive) complexions and if I was as stupid as Jasen, I'd confuse the guys at the place I get gyros from with Arabs/Middle-Easterners.
Oh and lets not forget the murders of two hispanic men in Dallas, TX on 12 Sep 01 because they were 'mistaken' for Arabs.
White people can be so damned ignorant. Good thing there is a negative population growth within their group. SMH
I got some ugly looks myself after 9/11, especially one time from the Port Authority Police when I was in an airport wearing a knit cap. As soon as I figured out why they were ice grilling me, I took that damn thing right off my head.

It's a good thing I wasn't impatient about anything and sighed real hard. They'd've thought I was saying something in Arabic. Who knows where I'd be locked up right now.

Add Reply

Link copied to your clipboard.