Jack Hammer, Crime & Justice Reporter – This is the “feel good” story of the year, so far, encompassing an underdog and pure bravery, with a good-guys-win ending. Come on, Jataveon, you really thought hiding out at your Mother’s house was going to work out? IQ70.
June 16, 2019 / Updated June 17, 2019
via abc11 Staff
An 11-year-old North Carolina boy fought off a home invader with a machete, sending the thief to the hospital, where he was supposed to be monitored until police could take him into custody, but he walked out, sparking a two-day manhunt.
Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, [mugshot at left] is accused of breaking into a Mebane house Friday afternoon and stuffing an 11-year-old boy into a closet in an effort to steal electronics, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. But the boy was able to escape from the closet and hit the thief over the head with a machete.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the home, got a description of Hall from the boy, and started sharing it with area hospitals so they could be on the lookout. They got a call at about 1 p.m. that Hall had walked into a local hospital with a head wound.
The sheriff's office obtained warrants for breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications and assault on a child under 12, and instructed hospital staff to call deputies before discharging Hall…
On Saturday morning, a deputy called UNC-Chapel Hill to check on Hall. He was later told that the suspect had left the hospital "against medical advice," according to the sheriff's office. He had told a nurse that "he needed to leave because the police were going to be looking for him." The hospital [UNC Chapel Hill] did not respond to a request for comment [on the case].
The sheriff's office asked the public to look for a man with a bandaged head, wearing a hospital gown and blue socks. Police received a tip Sunday afternoon that Hall was at his mother's house in Burlington, and that's where he was found and arrested…
11-year-old Braydon Smith told CNN affiliate WTVD, … "It went by really fast and I knew that I didn't have any time to think about what I was going to do. So as soon as I had the chance, I grabbed the machete and struck him.”
Sheriff Charles Blackwood said. “Not only did this youngster thwart the larceny attempt, he created blood evidence that very well may lead to a conviction in this case. This is a very tough kid who kept his wits about him “…
Hall is being held at the Orange County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. He is due in court Monday afternoon.