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This reminds me a bit of the excellent first chapter of Death’s End by Cixin Liu. If this article sparked your imagination I suggest you check out the book and the whole trilogy.

I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps it was a high dimensional fragment. Or a local who all of a sudden thought he was a guard from the Philippines. Given the Don Quixote story, I'm more inclined to believe that. We should try not to be the Sancho Panza to the Quixotes out there.

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