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Home invasion suspect thwarted by boy with machete, but gaffe allows him to flee hospital while still wearing gown

2019-06-16

Jataveon Hall is facing multiple charges relating to an alleged home invasion, but remains on the loose.

A teen home invasion suspect in North Carolina was thwarted by a machete-wielding 11-year-old boy but remains on the loose after bolting the hospital while still wearing his gown.

Jataveon Hall, 19, was allowed to walk out of UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital against medical advice on Friday night — even though warrants for his arrest had been obtained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office hours earlier.

“The arrangement all of our area law enforcement agencies have with hospital police of ensuring the eventual arrest of a suspect after the suspect receives medical care, has been in place for decades," said Chief Deputy Jamison Sykes. "I cannot remember another time when it has failed.”

The mess was created Friday morning when Hall and two others allegedly broke into a home in Mebane and forced a child into a closet, according to investigators. The child, who cops say is a “star baseball player” in the area, was able to escape the closet and pick up a machete, which he swung at Hall several times. Hall realized he was “bleeding significantly” and fled the scene with the others, leaving electronics items they tried to steal behind.

Hall arrived at UNC-Hillsborough Hospital a short time later with a laceration to the back of his head, and deputies were notified. Warrants were issued for breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications, and assault on a child under 12. Hospital police were notified about the warrants.

However, Hall’s condition worsened and he was transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital “due to the severity of the wound,” according to the sheriff’s office. A police officer at UNC-Hillsborough Hospital notified the sheriff’s office that he was calling officers at the other hospital to let them know about the transfer.

Hall was then allowed to leave UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital after telling a nurse that “the police were going to be looking for him.” Video shows Hall leaving the hospital just before 8 p.m. on Friday wearing a hospital gown, blue socks, and carrying what appeared to be a glass of water.

The sheriff’s office was not notified about Hall’s departure until 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

“Most concerning of all is that hospital police did not even know Hall had left the premises almost ten hours prior,” Sykes said. "Indeed, Hall’s absence was only discovered when we placed a phone call to them.”