Home invasion suspect injured by 11-year-old Mebane boy escapes hospital


Well, you were wrong - a fearless 11-year-old boy has been compared to Kevin McCallister after he stopped an intruder by using a machete while he was on his own. Johnson said she was on the phone with her son as the intruders broke into the home.

"When Hall realized he was bleeding, he dropped the electronics", left the home and departed with another man and a woman, the sheriff's office said.

"I knew that it wasn't loaded so I just sat down and got in my closet like he told me to", Smith told WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham.

The man then went into the living room, where he picked up a cell phone and put it into his pocket, officials said.

While Hall searched the house, Smith was able to grab his machete off the wall and strike Hall in the back of the head.

Braydon told the broadcaster he bought the machete with gift cards and has used it to cut down trees. However, the family had gone through a similar experience several years earlier when their home was ransacked, prompting his parents to teach their kids self-defense.

It's not known at this time whether the suspect has an attorney. The man kicked the boy in the stomach and in the side of the head. As the boy looked outside and saw a man standing near a auto, another man broke a window on the other side of the home and came in, according to a news release.

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After deputies were called to the home, they provided area hospitals with a description of the suspect and his injuries, the affiliates reported.

Jataveon Hall, age 19, is accused of breaking and entering into a home in Mebane, N.C. shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Office press release. Deputies were notified when Hall was treated there, but then he was transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital later Friday. However, the sheriff's office reports that the suspect left the hospital against medical advice after telling the nurse that "police were going to be looking for him".

Both county law enforcement and US marshals are looking for Hall.

On Friday night, however, the hospital said its staff was extremely busy taking care of multiple traumas simultaneously. "Our nurses and physicians focus 100 percent of their time on providing care to patients - that is their job".

More charges are pending against Hall and the two others involved.

"It is the responsibility of law enforcement to closely monitor the status of suspects in their custody while those patients are receiving medical treatment", the statement said.