Doctor says man who attacked girl at Best Buy is competent for trial

James Tadros, 31, accused of attempted murder of girl in restroom attack


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A psychologist has found James Tadros competent to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and false imprisonment resulting from a 2013 attack on a 9-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Best Buy.

James Tadros, 31, has been in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families since being not competent last year.

Police said Tadros lured the victim into the restroom of the Southside Boulevard store, then attacked her and pushed her head into a toilet. She fought back, and the commotion she raised brought store employees into the bathroom. They held Tadros for police.

Last year a defense psychologist concluded Tadros is not competent to stand trial and a state expert concluded Tadros has an intellectual disability or autism. 

Tadros was not at Tuesday's hearing. Tadros' attorney immediately objected to the report, which had jet to be reviewed by the prosecution. Circuit Judge Adrian Soud gave the State Attorney's Office until June 2 to read the report.

Until then, Tadros will remain in the custody of the DCF.

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