11-year-old boy fights off home intruder with machete

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

MEBANE, N.C. (WFMY) — 11-year-old Braydon Smith knows his way around a baseball diamond.

As a player for the Burlington Pirates, he’s had some training swinging a bat — but he never thought that training would be useful to him off the field.

Friday morning, he was home alone when a stranger knocked on the front door of his family’s Mebane home.

“I was hiding behind my door, I didn’t answer the door,” said Braydon.

Braydon said a man then burst through the front door and found him in his room.

“When he came in the room, he pointed the gun at me and he told me to sit down on the ground and get in my closet. And I did that,” Bryadon said.

The suspect went into the living room to gather electronics, then went back to question Braydon.

“He found my phone on the counter and he took the phone but he dropped it, and that’s when I picked up my machete and hit him in the back of the head,” Braydon said.

Orange County Deputies say the suspect, 19-year-old Jataveon Hall, kicked Braydon in the stomach. Braydon swung the machete again but missed.

“And if I didn’t do anything about it, he could’ve taken me with him. He could have done anything,” Braydon said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Hall dropped everything and ran.

Authorities said that a woman and another man were with Hall during the incident. The home invasion is still under investigation.