Goochland teacher attacked in middle school parking lot; “nearly lost her life,” says sheriff

Goochland County SealDecember 5, 2012 — A Goochland teacher was attacked at approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning in the parking lot of Goochland Middle School, according to Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew.

“She nearly lost her life,” Agnew said this morning, crediting two teachers with saving the woman’s life by pulling away her attacker.

Henrico resident Uriah K. Harris, 29, of the 2900 block of Bywater Drive, is under arrest for the incident, although charges have not been formally placed at this time.

Agnew said the incident began around 8:45 a.m. and ended more than an hour later, when Harris surrendered to Goochland deputies at a home in the western part of the county. Agnew said he helped negotiate the surrender on his cell phone and convinced the suspect that he would not be harmed if he surrendered peacefully, which he eventually did.

Harris is described as a large man, approximately 240 pounds and 6-feet-6-inches tall.

“I have to give the credit to the people of Goochland and especially the two teachers who tried to pull the suspect off the victim,” Agnew said. “She could easily have been killed.”

The sheriff’s office did not immediately disclose a motive in the attack.

The teacher was treated for severe injuries at a Richmond hospital this morning after the assault.