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Police: Local man arrested for the attempted murder of 9-year-old girl

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Updated: 8/26/2013 12:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say quick action by a witness and employees at the Best Buy on 9930 Southside Boulevard probably saved a young girl's life. James Patrick Tadros is accused of luring the girl into a bathroom and attacking her.

Melissa Bujeda with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says officers were called to the Best Buy just before 5:30 p.m. Friday after getting a report of a battery on a juvenile.

Police say a woman was standing outside the store's restrooms and heard someone screaming and crying from inside. She entered the women's restroom and heard mumbling from inside one of the stalls, according to police. The witness then called store employees who came to help.

According to a news release issued early Saturday morning, a Best Buy employee looked under the door of the handicapped stall and saw Tadros, 29, holding the child's head inside the toilet. Bujeda says Tadros dropped the nine-year-old girl, who was able to crawl out of the stall. Employees then took her away from danger.

A detective on the scene told Action News the quick thinking of the employees likely saved the young girl's life. "If store employees had not acted, it could have been a lot worse," said Sgt. Jay Farhat.

But JSO says employees did not stop there; they detained Tadros until police arrived. 

Police say there was "blood all over the inside of the restroom stall." Farhat told Action News the suspect was trying to kill the child.

The young girl was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her condition was not released, but investigators say she was stable.

Bujeda described the brutality of the attack, "The victim told a store employee that she did not know the suspect.  The victim stated the suspect kicked and punched her and put a plastic bag over her head and stuck her head inside the toilet."

Investigators say the child was at the store with her mother when Tadros lured the girl into the bathroom. Surveillance cameras captured the entire timeline of events, except for the actual attack in the restroom. JSO is not releasing more details about how the suspect lured the child away.

Police took Tadros in for questioning. They say he damaged the interview room while he was detained. Tadros was arrested for attempted murder, false imprisonment and criminal mischief.

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Truthseeker - 8/25/2013 8:23 AM
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I just watched the associated video and I see that Best Buy is providing counseling for the employeees who rescued the little girl. Have we become such a society of wimps that we even need counseling for doing a good thing? God save the U.S.A.

Truthseeker - 8/25/2013 7:27 AM
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I read a lot of comments blaming the parents. How about blaming the rectal orifice that commited the crime? In my opinion, he should have had a fatal "accident" before the police ever arrived.

warpsix - 8/24/2013 6:40 PM
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I am sick of this. I am all for going medieval on this guy and putting his head on a pole for all sicko's to see.

angels072258 - 8/24/2013 5:10 PM
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Parents don't even let your child go to the bathroom by them self. We are not safe anymore. Even if they argue with you. Way to go for the store employees who saved this little girls life.

nativejax - 8/24/2013 1:16 PM
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Get your conceal carry permits people, because had that been ME who caught that pos trying to kill that child I would have SHOT HIM ON THE SPOT...and it would be justifiably LEGAL. And would have saved a lot of tax dollars and possibly someone else's child after the slack justice system turns him back out on the street to do it again.

c9bcrewman - 8/24/2013 11:51 AM
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yes no way anymore let a child out of your sight these day's. come on mom get smart. take the scumbag and beat his ass out back and beat his punk's ass like he did her.

aljos - 8/24/2013 11:47 AM
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What is it with these parents that just let their small children go off with strangers or to wander around by their selves in large stores. Yes, the man responsible for this crime should get the max the law will allow, but the parent or parents should be charged for child endangerment.

wishmistress - 8/24/2013 11:12 AM
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No mention on the little girls status. I hope she will be okay! What in the world was wrong with this man? Drugs? Or was he attempting something else and she fought?

Terri75 - 8/24/2013 12:18 AM
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Thank GOD she was yelling very smart thing to do!

nativejax - 8/23/2013 11:30 PM
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Sounds like mom let her 9 year old go to the bath room by herself and a murdering perv followed her in. 9 is TOO young to be left alone in a store.
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