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Teacher attack 911 tapes released


The man accused of beating a Goochland Middle School teacher on campus will stay in jail.  

Uriah Harris, 29, made his first appearance in a Goochland courtroom  on Thursday. He faces a several charges including aggravated malicious wounding, assault and battery upon a person protected by a protective order and possession of a knife on school property.

The sheriff's office just released the 911 calls made the morning the beating happened. The 911 call released to NBC12 was made by one of the teachers credited for saving this woman's life.

The injured teacher is out of the hospital and recovering.

The call starts off with the caller gasping for breath. He tells the dispatcher he's in the Goochland Middle/High School complex.

"We got a…we got a tall black man beating up a white girl," he said.

The dispatcher asks the man to slow down and thinks he's talking about a fight between two students.

"Slow down you said a fight on the bus?" says the dispatcher.

"No! She was in the parking lot," says the caller.  "She was being attacked when we got here."

The call lasts about a minute and 30 seconds.  We now know the caller is one of the teachers the sheriff says saved this woman's life by physically stepping in.

"I'm just out of breath because I was trying to get the guy off of her," he says.

The caller says the attacker took off.

About an hour later, the victim's ex boyfriend, Harris, turns himself over to authorities. There were already several arrest warrants and a protective order against Harris.  According to the affidavit, his ex-girlfriend claimed Harris had attacked her before and trashed the apartment they share in Henrico. It also says she believes he took her gun.

Now,  that woman is suffering from what Goochland Sheriff James Agnew describes as a vicious beating with multiple injuries to her head and face.

NBC12 did speak to the teachers credited for saving this woman's life on Wednesday. They did not want to go on camera, but we know that they are married. One teaches math, the other teaches art.

On Thursday they released this statement through the acting superintendent of Goochland County, Dr. Peter Gretz. It says:

To our friends at the local news stations,

We have appreciated so much your partnership in disseminating timely and accurate information surrounding yesterday's assault. One very bright message that emerges from this story is the selfless and heroic action of two teachers who stopped the attack and protected their colleague from further injury.

We join you in wanting to highlight this inspirational display of selflessness and to celebrate their valor. These teachers, however, have asked to remain private by not participating in interviews with the press.

They have released the following statement, attributable as a direct quote from them, which I offer on their behalf:

"It was only through prayer and the presence of God that we did what we were able to do. We were so grateful as well to be helped by a host of amazing GMS & GHS faculty family! Most importantly we thank God that our colleague will get well!  We love her!"  

While NBC12 does know the identity of the injured teacher, we are choosing not to release it right now.

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