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Surveillance Video Released Of Juvenile Court Officer Attack

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by Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police have released surveillance video of the young men who they said viciously attacked an off-duty juvenile court officer. 

The suspects attacked Juvenile Court Warrants Officer Alonzo Giles at a Mapco on the corner of Jefferson Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.

The attack happened at around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Juvenile court officials believed the attack was tied to something that may have happened in court.

Investigators pulled surveillance video from a camera on the corner of the Mapco. The video showed four men climbing out of a black two-door coup.

Officials said the men attacked Giles just seconds later.

"They recognized him as someone who works at the juvenile court as a member of the juvenile warrant division," said Bill Kostrub, Director of Security Bill at the juvenile court and Giles' supervisor.

He said Giles was on his way home from work. Giles stopped at the convenience store to get some ice to take to his son's football practice.

The suspects' car drove up and one of the young men asked Giles if he was an officer at the juvenile court.

"He turned back to his trunk and when he turned around someone struck him from behind," said Kostrub.

Police said they believed the suspects were juveniles.   

The attack did not surprise 15-year-old Jessica Allen. She said she had been in the courtroom when conversations get heated between parents, children and court officials.

"Sometimes they argue a lot and it's combative like they're against each other," said Allen.

Court officials said it's highly unusual for someone to target a court officer.

Parent Sheila Ladson has never heard of it.

"I was surprised to hear that, because I didn't feel like something like that could happen – not to a juvenile officer. That was really messed up," said Ladson.

Investigators said they think the attack was tied to Giles' job, but that may not be the only possibility.

Giles has been dealing with some domestic issues. According to court documents he was arrested in May when a former girlfriend told police he broke into her apartment and threatened her.

The woman told police Giles kicked down the door and she was forced to call 911 because she was afraid.

Giles was later arrested and bound over by a General Sessions Judge to a grand jury on an aggravated burglary charge.

He was decommissioned by the juvenile court after he was charged, so he cannot carry a gun.

Court officials said Giles was allowed to work in a limited capacity until the charges against him work through the court system.

His boss believes his personal problems had nothing to do with what happened at the Mapco Monday night.

"He's going to be okay," said Kostrub. "I've spoken to him. He's a little beaten up, but all tests came back negative. He's in a little pain, but he's going to be fine."

Anyone with information about the attack or who know the men involved should contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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