Judge sets another mental evaluation for man accused of attacking girl

James Tadros accused of attempted murder of girl in Best Buy restroom attack


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 31-year-old man charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment resulting from a 2013 attack on a 9-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Best Buy will have a third mental competency evaluation, a judge ruled Tuesday.

James Tadros was initially ruled not competent for prosecution and was remanded into state psychiatric custody.

Now, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities says he is competent, but a defense psychologist says he is not competent.

On Tuesday, a judge told both parties he would appoint a third psychologist to examine Tadros, whose next hearing is scheduled for July 7.

Tadros has been in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families since being found 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 was not competent to stand trial and a state expert concluded Tadros has an intellectual disability or autism.