A local Mebane child engaged and stopped would-be home robbers Friday morning in a dramatic encounter along Yarborough Road in Orange County.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, an 11-year child who was in the home at the time of the attempted robbery attacked a suspect with a machete, resulting in the suspect and two others fleeing from the site.
At 11:00 a.m., three suspects - two men and a woman - came to the home along Yarborough Road, a couple miles south of the I-40/I-85 freeway corridor in western Orange County, not far from the Alamance County border. As one of the suspects knocked on the front door, another, identified as Jataveon Dashawn Hall, aged 19, of Monroe, North Carolina, broke into the home through a window.
“The suspect (Hall) picked up a cell phone that was not his and was placing it into his pocket as he entered the living room of the home,” stated a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
OCSO described a violent encounter between Hall and the 11-year child, who showed remarkable tenacity and fortitude by taking on the suspect after being forced into a closet after Hall had picked up a pellet rifle within the house.
“The juvenile, who is a star baseball player on several area teams, left the closet and was able to gain access to a machete,” the OCSO press release states. “He entered the living room behind the intruder, swung the machete, and struck the man in the back of the head. The man retaliated by kicking the boy in the stomach, causing him to fall against the couch. The boy got up, swung the machete again, missing this time. 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.”
Hall and the two other suspects fled the area following the machete attack, and the child immediately called 911. As the local authorities made their way to the crime scene, Hall was making his way to UNC Hospital’s Hillsborough Campus along Waterstone Drive. Hall was quickly identified as the suspect in the robbery attempt who was struck by the child’s machete.
“Not only did this youngster thwart the larceny attempt, he created blood evidence that very well may lead to a conviction in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the OCSO press release. “This is very tough kid who kept his wits about him. At the same time, I want to reflect that this youngster, his family, and indeed this community, are very lucky this event did not have a tragic ending for the child.”
Hall is expected to be charged with a bevy of offenses in relation to the case, including breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications, and assault on a child under 12, with more charges pending. Hall could make his first appearance as soon as Monday in Orange County court if he is released from the hospital over the weekend.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the two additional as-yet unidentified suspects in the attempted robbery. Those with information are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 245-2900.