Teacher attack 911 tapes released - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Teacher attack 911 tapes released

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) -

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.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • 1 person hurt, residents displaced after Henrico apartment fire

    1 person hurt, residents displaced after Henrico apartment fire

    Sunday, September 24 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-09-24 19:17:05 GMT
    (Source: NBC12)(Source: NBC12)
    Crews are investigating, after a fire broke out at an apartment in Henrico. It happened in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, around 1:23 p.m. Sunday. When crews got on scene, they say fire was coming from the top floor of a 3-story building. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put that fire out. Officials say one person was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the Red Cross is helping several occupants who were displaced by the fire. They sa...More >>
    Crews are investigating, after a fire broke out at an apartment in Henrico. It happened in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, around 1:23 p.m. Sunday. When crews got on scene, they say fire was coming from the top floor of a 3-story building. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put that fire out. Officials say one person was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the Red Cross is helping several occupants who were displaced by the fire. They sa...More >>
  • Officials ID woman's body found near road in Louisa

    Officials ID woman's body found near road in Louisa

    Sunday, September 24 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-09-24 19:12:35 GMT
    Dawn Marie Meade (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)Dawn Marie Meade (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

    Police say the victim was hit by a car. Her body was found near Firehouse Drive in the Blue Ridge Shores area.

    More >>

    Police say the victim was hit by a car. Her body was found near Firehouse Drive in the Blue Ridge Shores area.

    More >>
  • Richmond Police identify woman hit and killed by van

    Richmond Police identify woman hit and killed by van

    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:12 PM EDT2017-09-24 16:12:37 GMT

    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>

    A woman has died, after police say she was struck by a van in Richmond. Police say the woman was walking across the 1100 block of Azalea Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday, when she was struck by a van turning left off Seminary Avenue. The driver of that van stayed on the scene. Police say the woman was already dead when they got to the scene. The driver is not facing charges at this time. The investigation continues, as police work to notify the victim's family.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly