11-year-old fights off intruder with machete in NC home invasion


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Deputies are searching for a suspect who was cut by a boy who fought back with a machete during a home invasion in North Carolina, Friday.

The suspect fled an area hospital and authorities are now asking for help finding him, Orange County deputies said Saturday afternoon.

19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, was injured when 11-year-old Braydon Smith struck him in the head with a machete while Hall was trying to steal electronics from the boy’s home in Mebane, deputies and reports said.

When Hall realized he was bleeding, he dropped the electronics, left the house, and fled in a vehicle with another man and a woman who were outside, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Hall was later found by deputies at the emergency room at UNC Hospital in Hillsborough.

UNC Hospital in Hillsborough transferred Hall to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill because of his severe wound, deputies said.

“Hospital police were notified. They were to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office prior to discharging Hall at which time deputies would pick Hall up and take him before a magistrate where … warrants would be served,” deputies said in the news release.

However, Hall fled the hospital sometime Friday “against medical advice,” deputies said.

“Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday night, a nurse entered Hall’s room and discovered his bed empty. A review of videotape showed him walking out of the hospital wearing a hospital gown,” the news release on Saturday said.

His head was wrapped in a bandage when he walked out of the hospital. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and US Marshals are assisting in the search for Hall.

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