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Local man accused in vicious Best Buy attack in isolation

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Updated: 8/27/2013 2:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The man accused of trying to murder a 9-year-old in a Best Buy bathroom is being kept in isolation.

James Tadros, 29, charged with brutally beating a little girl, is now behind bars but not with the general jail population.

Action News has learned the attacker suffers from an undisclosed mental illness and is now in isolation.

"If there's any kind of symptoms of any kind of violent behavior, there's usually a long history of sort of minor offenses before something as brutal as an attack on a little girl," said Denise Marzullo, president of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.

But that's not the case with Tadros. Action News' Ryan Smith discovered he has no previous criminal history in Jacksonville or St. Johns County.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies in St. Johns County are familiar with Tadros and his family's house on Hideaway Drive.

They had been there twice since 2002 for minor incidents but did not make an arrest.

Marzullo says offenders suffering from a mental illness typically do not target strangers.

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.

A Best Buy employee looked under the door of the handicapped stall and saw Tadros holding the child's head inside the toilet. JSO says Tadros dropped the 9-year-old girl, who was able to crawl out of the stall. Employees then took her away from danger.

Police say there was "blood all over the inside of the restroom stall."

Marzullo says that after being beat and choked, the victim is now recovering from more than just physical pain. "Especially because it happened in a public place, so now whenever she goes somewhere in a public she might have a little bit more anxiety and fear," said Marzullo. "I just hope she gets the support she needs."

Tadros reportedly damaged the interview room after a violent outburst over the weekend.

He faces a charge of attempted murder.

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LO61903 - 8/27/2013 5:53 PM
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If it was my granddaughter he attacked, he would not have left that bathroom alive. I don't care about any kind of mental state he might have been in.

nativejax - 8/27/2013 1:04 AM
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If he has a mental illness, then they need to check for a tumor. My foster son went nuts all of a sudden and they found a tumor the size of a golf ball at the base of his brain. It was removed, but came back. He went from a sweet, caring boy to constant, uncontrollable fits of rage in a matter of months, I thought he was on drugs, but wasn't. He is missed.
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