Readers react to Marine's attack on Greek priest
Nov. 10 -- Today's story on the Marine reservist who allegedly beat and chased a Greek priest he thought was an Arab terrorist quickly became our most popular story and one of the most discussed on tampabay.com.
The priest, who is visiting from Crete, Greece, was lost in Tampa and stopped in a parking lot. He asked Jasen D. Bruce for help, but instead Bruce struck the priest on the head with a tire iron.
Bruce, shown on right with his lawyer Jeff Brown, 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. Police arrested Bruce on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and are investigating whether he committed a hate crime.
Readers are expressing outrage over Bruce's actions:
"Way to go for hunting down those terrorists!" VacantSea wrote.
Moshekatan wrote simply: "God (Help) Bless America!"
"Idiot. In Greece, they have been fighting Muslim extremism longer than the Marines have existed!" wrote Mike Norris on tampabay.com's Facebook fan page.
Several other Web sites have picked up the story, adding their own twist to the headlines:
HuffingtonPost: Greek Orthodox Priest Attacked By Marine Reservist In Fit Of Anti-Muslim Hysteria
Fark: Marine reservist attacks Greek Orthodox priest with a tire iron, then calls police to brag he's caught a terrorist
Think Progress: Marine reservist chases, assaults Greek Orthodox priest whom he mistook for an Arab terrorist
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