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.
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.
The police keep repeating the "story" that Alexis (or is it AllahKiss) Marakis is a Greek Priest shielding this Jihadi operative. How dangerous this terrorist is can be understood from the lengths he went to construct his "cover."
Father Michael Eaccarino of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs says Marakis, 29, entered a Greek monastery as a teenager and became a priest nine years ago. He is studying theology at Holy Cross, a Greek Orthodox school in Massachusetts, and traveled to Tarpon Springs two months ago to work on his master's thesis. He has taken a vow of celibacy [e:probably preparing for the 72 virgins].
Eaccarino says the visiting priest got lost Monday after ministering to the elderly in a nursing home.
But our hero saw through all this because at the moment of truth the jihadi panicked.
The man yelled "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," the same words some witnesses said the Fort Hood shooting suspect uttered last week.
"That's what they tell you right before they blow you up," police say Bruce told them.
It is such deep understanding of terrorist cultures that will help save our Fatherland. Of course the government is trying to smear our hero and have even charged him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His lawyer though is having none of this:
In an appearance in court on November 10, Attorney Jeff Brown – who is of counsel to Bruce – said that Bruce was followed into the parking garage of his apartment complex by the priest who allegedly made sexual comments and fondled the Marine’s crotch [e:nix the 72 virgins comment]. Brown claims that the Tampa Police Department’s version of events is “one-sided” and “tainted.” Added Lawyer Brown, "We are confident that the surveillance videos, the long 911 call, the eyewitnesses will all conclusively show that Lance Cpl. Bruce was attacked and was the victim in this case." Brown referred to the priest as a "bearded attacker" six times and used his client's military rank 17 times. The attorney criticized the local police for their handling of the case and suggested that the officer in charge is a “Marine basher”.
Yes, lets not forget the surveillance video
An exterior surveillance video of Tuesday's chase captured the two men in motion, said Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Laura McElroy:
"You see a very short, small man running, and an enormous, large muscular man chasing after him."
The terrorist of course is trying to preserve his tattered cover.
Father Marakis, citing biblical forgiveness, declined to press charges despite the stitches in his head.