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.
And here's a classic moment:
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.
But this too is worth noting:
McElroy said Bruce "teared up when we told him that (Marakis) was a Greek Orthodox priest and not a terrorist."