Quick Thinking By Best Buy Workers Saves Girl From Vicious Assault

'They really are heroes. They saved this little girl's life," a sheriff's deputy said.


Retail clerks often are trained to deal with difficult customers. But no training could have prepared a few Best Buy workers for what they encountered Friday in the bathroom of a Jacksonville, Florida store. Quick thinking on their part, however, saved a nine-year-old girl's life -- and got her alleged attacker arrested, authorities said.

According to WTEV.com, a female customer was standing outside the store's restroom when she heard screams and cries. When she entered the bathroom, she heard "mumbling" from a stall and quickly notified store employees.
A Best Buy employee, who wasn't named, reportedly looked under the door of the handicapped stall and found a man holding a girl's head inside a toilet. The 29-year-old suspect, James Patrick Tadros, allegedly dropped the girl and she crawled into another stall, according to NBC Miami. The Best Buy employees also detained the man until police arrived. Tadros has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, false imprisonment and criminal mischief. "They really are heroes. They saved this little girl's life," Sgt. Jay Farhat told WTEV.com.

The girl reportedly told authorities that she didn't know Tadros. She was shopping with her mother when Tadros lured her into the bathroom, NBC Miami reported. Tadros then allegedly kicked and punched her and put a plastic bag over her head and stuck her head inside the toilet. Authorities said there was "blood all over" the stall. "If store employees had not acted, it could have been a lot worse," Sgt. Jay Farhat told WTEV.com.

Neighbors told the news station that Tadros is developmentally disabled, but his motive for the attack was unclear.

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Ron and Boo

This would have had a much happier ending, if they had drowned Mr. Tadros in the toilet before the police got there. It's not like they can cure him.

August 29 2013 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ajsunpup1

ANOTHER STORY THAT COULD HAVE HAD A TRAGIC ENDING. THANKFULLY THE BEST BUY EMPLOYEES REACTED TO SAVE THIS LITTLE GIRL. HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL PUT THIS MORON WHERE HE BELONGS...UNDER THE JAIL.

August 28 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

allegedly, there is a store named "Best Buy" but after I allegedly read this article, I'm still not convinced of its alleged existence.

August 28 2013 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chasesea

This makes me sick to my stomach. The fact that there was a plastic bag over her head, and yet she was able to scream, is a miracle. Her angel was the female standing outside the door. Throw the animal who did this in a cage....at the zoo....the lion's cage.

August 28 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Daisy

Where was store security looking for shoplifters taking merchandise to the can to hide it in the clothes. Oh well.
Where was the mental defect's guardian/caretaker? Oh, I see.

August 28 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HI ANN & HARVEY

Why would you call the girl a mental defect

August 29 2013 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blackjeep

You can say lots of bad things about pedophiles, but at least they drive slowly past schools.

August 28 2013 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nick

GENERIC KNEE JERK COMMENT!!

August 28 2013 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jjohnnyaces

ok beat me up if you want to.....but we're back in florida again!

August 28 2013 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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j4bs4209333

I agree. Florida and Ohio are full of nut jobs.

August 29 2013 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frankdlu

LOCK HIM UP....FOR 20 YEARS MIN

August 28 2013 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lady A

It took a stranger to tell the employees about the girl. Where in the world was her mom. Shame on her mother that she wasn't watching her child. She should be charged for neglect. This was such a traumatic experience for a nine year old. If blood was all over the stall she was injured badly. I feel sorry for children whose parents are so busy shopping they forget their children. The maniac man should be locked up for life.

August 27 2013 at 10:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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