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An 11-year-old boy, who was home alone when three people broke into his family’s North Carolina residence, turned the tables on the alleged criminals when he got ahold of a machete and whacked one of them in the head, officials said.
But now the boy’s family is demanding answers from the Orange County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office about how the alleged home invader slipped out of their grasp when he walked away from a hospital after being treated for injuries caused in the confrontation with young Braydon Smith, who authorities described as a local youth baseball star and a “very tough kid.”
“It was infuriating,” Braydon’s mother, Kaitlin Johnson, told ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina . “This guy could have killed my child…”
PHOTO: Braydon Smith, 11, stopped a robber with a machete in Mebane, N.C., on June 14, 2019. (WTVD) More The suspect, Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, was arrested just after 1 p.m. on Sunday in Burlington, North Carolina, more than 40 hours after he was spotted on surveillance video walking out of the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill with his head heavily bandaged and wearing a hospital gown, authorities said.
The terrifying ordeal occurred about 11 a.m. Friday, when Braydon was alone in his home in Mebane, North Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Chapel Hill.
Johnson, who lives in another state, was on the phone with her son when someone knocked on the front door of the Mebane house. Johnson told WTVD that she heard one of the intruders say the house was empty.
PHOTO: Jataveon Dashawn Hall in booking photo taken on Aug. 23, 2018 and released by police on June 16, 2019. (Alamance County Sheriff’s Office) More Sheriff’s officials said that when the alleged robbers entered the house they discovered Braydon alone. Hall allegedly picked up a pellet gun he found in the house, took Braydon’s phone and forced the boy into a bedroom closet before he and his accomplices allegedly proceeded to ransack the residence, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.
“The juvenile, who is a star baseball player on several area teams, left the closet and was able to gain access to a machete. He entered the living room behind the intruder, swung the machete, and struck the man in the back of the head,” the statement reads.
Hall responded by kicking the boy in the stomach and knocking him against a couch, authorities said. But Braydon quickly scrambled to his feet and charged after Hall again, swinging the machete but missing.
“The intruder then kicked the child in the side of the head and turned to grab several items, including a television and a PlayStation. At this point, the intruder realized he was bleeding significantly from the machete strike. He dropped the electronics, exited the residence, and all three suspects fled the home,” according to the sheriff’s office.
PHOTO: Braydon Smith, 11, stopped a robber with a machete in Mebane, N.C., on June 14, 2019. (WTVD) More Johnson said she managed to hear about 12 minutes of the confrontation on her phone, then called a relative in North Carolina, who in turn called 911.
“It was horrifying. There’s no other way to put it,” Johnson said of hearing the confrontation on the phone. “I didn’t know that he [Braydon] would be OK.”
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Sheriff’s deputies raced to the home and found Braydon safe. They quickly put out an all-points bulletin and alerted local hospitals to be on the lookout for the wounded suspect.
“Our agency is very concerned about the events in this case. Effective immediately, we will institute policy changes necessary to protect the public in situations like this,” Sykes said in a statement. “We expected to be notified prior to Hall’s discharge. When Hall left the hospital Friday evening against medical advice, we certainly should have been notified. But most concerning of all is that hospital police did not even know Hall had left the premises almost ten hours prior. Indeed, Hall’s absence was only discovered when we placed a phone call to them.”
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