Jasen Bruce, who has some pretty skintastic photos of himself up on gay muscle worship site All American Guys is claiming that he beat 29-year-old Rev. Alexios Marakis of Greece — who was visiting Tampa, Florida — over the head with a tire iron because the priest shouted “Allahu Akbar” and then grabbed Bruce’s crotch:
The Rev. Alexios Marakis, visiting from Greece, had performed a blessing of a retired Greek priest in the West Shore area before accidentally exiting I-275 into downtown Monday evening, police said. Marakis followed cars into the Seaport Channelside Apartments on Twiggs Street and got out to ask for help.
Bruce, a reservist with a West Palm Beach unit since March, had his trunk open so he could get dry cleaning out, police said. Bruce, who lives in the apartment building, was not in uniform.
Bruce grabbed a tire iron from the trunk, hit Marakis four times over the head and chased him about three blocks before pinning the priest, police said.
In a 911 call, Bruce made a derogatory comment about a man he said was a terrorist and was trying to rob him and had grabbed him in a sexual manner, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
When officers arrived, police say, Bruce told them he heard the man say “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is great.”
“That’s what they say before they blow you up,” Bruce said, according to police.
Bruce, 28, faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and police will determine whether Bruce’s motive was based on a belief that Marakis was Arabic before deciding this was a hate crime
Marakis, 29, was treated at Tampa General Hospital and released.
Watch theTampa local news report.