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What do we know about the Best Buy beating suspect?

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James Tadros

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Who is James Patrick Tadros?

His name made headlines when he was arrested last weekend on an attempted murder charge for allegedly beating a child inside the bathroom at a Jacksonville Best Buy.

But the 29-year-old St. Johns County man typically kept to himself, according to people who knew him.

Robert Rodriquez takes care of the lawn at Tadros' home and called him quiet.

Tadros has lived at his parents' home on Hideaway Drive North for years and grew up in the Fruit Cove community, according to Rodriguez and neighbors.

"Always seemed to be nice people," Rodriguez said.

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Rodriguez went to school with Tadros and they attended Bartram Trial High School.

"He kept to himself all through school. Rode the bus like rest of us," Rodriguez remembered.

Rodriguez was in the class of 2003. He wasn't sure exactly when Tadros graduated.

In 2002, when Tadros was 18, court records show his mother filed for guardianship. The public records state Tadros has several conditions, including Asperger Syndrome in the Autism spectrum. The documents go onto say Tadros will need his mother's care for the "remainder of his lifetime" and that he is "excited in large crowds."

Rodriguez said, "There was always a bit of question about the son. It didn't seem he communicated and/or got along with people very well. Not in a bad way, but in a sociable way. He looked to be in his own little world most of the time."

Two people confirmed for First Coast News that Tadros was recently a bag boy at Publix in Julington Creek.

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According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, it has no record of any prior criminal run-ins with Tadros. In 11 years of online record keeping, St. Johns County deputies have only responded to two calls to his home in St. Johns. One call was for vandalism to a mailbox and another was for a car burglary.   

"Very, very nice people," Rodriguez said of Tadros' parents.

Neighbors say Tadros was often with his father at home. First Coast News called the house and knocked on the door, but no one answered.

The news of Tadros' arrest for allegedly beating a 9 year old girl at Best Buy has rattled his neighborhood, a place that one neighbor called "kid central" because of all the children who live here.

"I don't think anyone honestly could prepare themselves for it. It's definitely a shock to the community," Rodriguez said.

First Coast News

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