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Pin-Up Marine Reservist Who Attacked Priest He 'Mistook' for a Terrorist Now Using 'Gay Panic' Defense


On Monday evening, Marine reservist Jasen Bruce attacked a Greek orthodox priest with a tire iron after the priest asked him for directions:

Priest "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 has since changed his story and says the priest hit on him and grabbed his genitals.

Bruce, who is now claiming he's freaked out enough by having men hit on him to brutalize them with a blunt object, is a pin-up model (top photo) for All American Guys. You can see more of his "portfolio" here.

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  1. I wonder if it would be possible to get the 911 call? Isn't it public information you can request? This is really sad, hope he gets some jail time.

    Posted by: Lazlo | Nov 11, 2009 2:40:05 PM

  2. Great advertisement for tomtom...or gillette. He's going down, and rightfully so.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 2:40:45 PM

  3. He'd be better off using the "I'm A Fucking Idiot" defense. The jury is more likely to buy that.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Nov 11, 2009 2:40:48 PM

  4. Wiht his story changing like that it looks like he WILL get some serious jail time.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 11, 2009 2:41:26 PM

  5. I feel so sorry for this priest. I hope that this "Marine" has lots of guys coming up to him in South Beach hitting on him and making passes at him.
    I also hope he gets tossed out of the Corp for this. NO benies for you buddy. Disgracefull action.

    Posted by: Crash | Nov 11, 2009 2:43:41 PM

  6. 'roid rage...

    Posted by: Denis | Nov 11, 2009 2:49:35 PM

  7. Beauty really IS skin deep.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 11, 2009 2:51:10 PM

  8. more like a crime of utter stupidity than a hate crime. i certainly hope that this priest finds out that not all americans are this inhospitable.

    Posted by: alguien | Nov 11, 2009 2:52:20 PM

  9. Wasn't this guy in one of those Dink Flamingo military pornos being a big bottom and loving it? I'm sure he'll just get his wrist slapped and on his way since he's ex-military and obviously such a ASSet to society. If you don't want to be hit on then don't pose for semi-erotic photos dumbshit. No wonder gays aren't in the military...we're too smart to be around these idiots! lol.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Nov 11, 2009 2:54:40 PM

  10. Just to add to my earlier comment... I'm not defending the guy, but I think most of us have seen roided up dudes just lose it over the smallest thing. They're irrational, paranoid, and terrifying.

    Posted by: Denis | Nov 11, 2009 2:55:42 PM

  11. I think this guy is majorly confused and conflicted.

    Posted by: Paced out | Nov 11, 2009 3:11:04 PM

  12. uch a shame 'cause, damn, he is so fuckelicous! But, alas, I am not into turds.

    Maybe Porno Pete would be interested?

    (Hey FBI, if you are wasting important time reading this, please don't read too much into my comment. I am just suggesting that someone like Porno Pete, who pollutes society with his campaign of hatred against gays/lesbians and yet, has made for himself a full career out of cataloging explicit graphic XXXX gay porn in his attempt to smear the whole of gay life, has got to be into some pretty weird, self-loathing, shit, yeah, a shit, or turd!).

    Posted by: Mike in Brooklyn | Nov 11, 2009 3:17:34 PM

  13. This guy is going to be really surprised when the prosecutor brings up the priest's wife and kids. Greek Orthodox priests are not required to be-and generally are not-single and celibate. So many stereotypes: all foreigners are Muslims; all Muslims are terrorists; all priests are Roman Catholic; all Roman Catholic priests are gay; all gays are predators; etc. I hope the judge and jury will see through all of this nonsense and hold him accountable.

    Posted by: DP | Nov 11, 2009 3:24:05 PM

  14. DP, don't hold your breath, the trial would be held in Tampa.

    Posted by: Jersey | Nov 11, 2009 3:38:46 PM

  15. fucking creep should be locked up!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Nov 11, 2009 3:57:47 PM

  16. It is possible the priest had found him through one of the websites, but that certainly does NOT justify Bruce's actions. Still, if the ordained man does not press charges, it would be quite odd.

    Posted by: Tom B | Nov 11, 2009 4:08:39 PM

  17. As a gay man I find it so much easier to side with the hot guy than with the clergyman.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 11, 2009 4:15:02 PM

  18. This dope is just digging himself in deeper and deeper. He's way too dumb to even know how homophobia works. If he's trying to reach homophobic jurors with a "gay panic" defense, he's in for a surprise when what any homophobic jurors will actually be thinking is "how dare this perverted gay-porn lookin' dude viciously insult this poor Priest by suggesting he's gay."

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 11, 2009 4:15:51 PM

  19. Bruce was under the influence of something or is simply painfully stupid. Attacking a foreign member of the clergy is generally not something easily forgiven (and note that the priest is Greek, not Muslim).

    I hope I'm not the only one who thinks he looks like a stupid assface regardless of his idiotic attack. Though I'm truly sorry he was interrupted while retrieving his dry cleaning.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 11, 2009 4:16:29 PM

  20. Nic - You are an asshole.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Nov 11, 2009 4:24:58 PM

  21. Happy Veteran's Day... this is how we train and condition young men... yet we are arguing against DADT, when we should be putting our energy into finding ways to keep ALL our young people out of war and violence and hate.

    Posted by: GymBoy | Nov 11, 2009 4:25:07 PM

  22. Just make sure the prosecution has access to the Website that he posed for - I am sure that will help the Priest! Also if he did do the btm in a porn send that along as well....

    Posted by: alexinboston | Nov 11, 2009 4:30:38 PM

  23. Nick, why don't you try being a human being first before being a gay man... wonder if a hot guy was wielding a tire iron at you, you'd still side with him?

    Posted by: wstsidelad | Nov 11, 2009 4:31:34 PM

  24. What an idiot. Yes, he may look good (actually he "ain't all that") but probably can barely tie his shoe. This is the mentality out there folks and explains such things as George Bush, Sarah Palin and Virginia Foxx.

    I constantly find it so funny to see "straight" guys with the barbed wire tat around their biceps. If only they knew that this originated in the gay S&M community. "Life is such a laugh riot".

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 11, 2009 4:39:08 PM

  25. Wow, this tool is a total embarrassment to the uniform. He should be ashamed, not putting forward a lame-ass defense that will never work against a greek orthodox priest. *sigh* I hope the Marines throw this ass out.

    Posted by: DR | Nov 11, 2009 4:49:00 PM

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