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…”
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.
SOURCE: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News