A North Carolina 11-year-old is now being praised by police for fighting off a 19-year-old robbery suspect.
Braydon Smith told ABC 11 that his family’s home was ransacked by thieves several years ago, so his dad told him to defend himself if it ever happened again.
The father, Christopher Smith, explained:
“If they come in the door, you let ’em have it.”
On June 14, Braydon was home alone when police say Jataveon Dashawn Hall broke a window and entered his residence.
The boy said Hall grabbed a pellet gun and told him to get inside of a closet. He told ABC 11:
“I knew that it wasn’t loaded so I just sat down and got in my closet like he told me to.”
But moments later, Braydon decided to fight back. He explained:
“He went into the living room to grab my phone to make sure I didn’t call the 911 or anything. When I saw him try to put it in his pocket. I grabbed my machete off of my wall and went to hit him. I hit him in the back of the head like right here.”
A release from the Burlington Sheriff’s Office, obtained by Fox 13, stated that Braydon is a “star baseball player on several area teams” and that he managed to hit Hall in the back of the head with the machete.
The release read:
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 sought treatment at a nearby hospital for his injury but fled when he realized the police were looking for him. The teen was later apprehended by authorities.
He is charged with assault on a child under 12, second-degree kidnapping, breaking and entering, and interfering with emergency communications.
Braydon said Hall was wrong to break into his home:
“You shouldn’t have done what you’ve done. You’re better off to get a job than breaking into other people’s houses.”
The child was praised by Sheriff Charles Blackwood, who called him a “very tough kid who kept his wits about him.” He told Fox 13:
“Not only did this youngster thwart the larceny attempt, he created blood evidence that very well may lead to a conviction in this case.”
Police are still searching for two other suspects who may have been involved in the robbery attempt.
Hall will head to court on Monday.