Surveillance video released in Best Buy beating case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Brand new video was released Tuesday afternoon in the case of a girl found beaten in a Best Buy restroom.

It is surveillance video from the Best Buy store on Southside Boulevard.

Not all of the surveillance video was released. Pieces are missing because the State Attorney's Office can redact or "not release" anything that would identify the victim.

The video from last August shows the man who appears to be James Patrick Tadros, the suspect in the case.

According to the time code on the surveillance video, at 5:07 p.m. a pick-up truck pulls up to the store. A man who appears to be James Patrick Tadros gets out and walks into the store.

Another camera shows him walking through the doors.

At 5:12, a camera catches him in a light yellow shirt, standing, apparently watching something. As the camera pans, he seems to be looking toward the restrooms.

Then the video shows the man walking toward the restroom and then he walks in.

It's during this time that Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators say Tadros punched and kicked the 9-year-old girl in the restroom, put a plastic bag over the girl's head, and held her head down in the toilet.

At 5:13, according to the camera time code, only about a minute after walking into the restroom, he leaves.

He then looks over at the employees, and he stops.

At 5:19 according to the clock on the camera, a woman with an umbrella -- an apparent customer standing in the area of the restrooms -- turns.

According to police, an observant customer heard screams and then helped the child inside the restroom.

First Coast News does not know for certain if the woman with the umbrella is the customer who helped.

However, the night it happened, an investigator said the girl was fortunate help arrived when it did.

On the camera, a person in black -- presumably an employee is seen on the left -- running toward the restroom.

Less than a minute later, the woman with an umbrella comes out of the restroom. She is visibly upset and shakes against the wall.

First Coast News has advanced the video so you can see it better.


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