Police: Man beat 9-year-old girl in Best Buy bathroom.
(Photo: Kaitlyn Ross, First Coast News)
By Natalie DiBlasio
A 9-year-old girl was beaten and nearly killed in the women's bathroom of a Florida Best Buy, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police have arrested 29-year-old James Patrick Tadros.
The Sheriff's Office says Tadros lured the girl into the women's bathroom of a Jacksonville Best Buy where he then punched, kicked her and put a plastic bag over her head while holding her down in the toilet.
A customer heard the girl's screams, entered the restroom and helped stop the attack.
The girl is being treated at University of Florida Health hospital.
Police say Tadros did not know the young girl. Authorities described the attack as an isolated random incident.
"It was buy the grace of God that the customer and employees got in when they did," Sgt. Jay Farhat said to First Coast News. If it had been any longer this could have been a much worse outcome."