The North Carolina authorities are looking for a suspect who got out of the hospital Friday night after an 11-year-old hit him in the head with a machete in a repulsed home invasion.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced on Facebook that Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, had left UNC Chapel Hill Hospital "against the advice of a doctor" shortly before 20 hours. Hall had been hospitalized for the treatment of a head injury for about 13 hours, initially at the UNC-Hillsborough Hospital, before being transferred to the Chapel Hill facility because the severity of his injury.
"Our agency is very concerned about the events of this case," Deputy Chief Sykes said Sunday. "From now on, we will institute the policy changes needed to protect the public in situations like this, and we expected to be warned before the Hall exit."
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Hall, who measures 6 feet and weighs 135 pounds, had his head wrapped in a bandage when he came out of the hospital with a cup of water, according to police.
The sheriff's office said that they had been informed of the initial arrival of this 19-year-old man at the hospital, but that he had no legal authority to keep in detention at that time because he was only a suspect. In the afternoon, the police said that sufficient information had been established to request warrants of break and enter and assault.
The deputies planned to be in the hospital at the time of their release and detain Hall, but were told early Saturday morning that the 19-year-old had left the night before.
The sheriff's office said Hall had asked a nurse to leave because "the police were going to get him".
"When Hall left the hospital Friday night against the advice of a doctor, we should certainly have been warned, but the most disturbing thing is that the police 's. Hospital did not even know that Hall had left almost 10 hours ago, "said Sykes. "Indeed, Hall's absence was only discovered when we phoned them."
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UNC Health Care said in a statement that the suspect was not under surveillance while he was hospitalized in the department's emergency department.
"This patient was admitted to the emergency department, but was under the legal custody of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which had not entrusted him with an officer," the organization said. at The News & Observer. "In similar situations, hospital staff often alert law enforcement when the suspect patient is released, but they remain under the legal responsibility of law enforcement."
The sheriff's office said that the hospital's police had been informed of the issuance of warrants and that he was being asked to call the department before Mr. Hall was released.
"The agreement between all the police in our region and the police of the hospital to ensure the possible arrest of a suspect after he received medical care has existed for decades," said Mr. Sykes. . "
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The authorities said Hall was among the intruders who entered the house Friday but were expelled when the 11-year-old boy took a machete blood test. A woman and a second man provided the escape vehicle for the three intruders and left.
The boy's aunt, Ashley Matthews, told WTVD Saturday that she was outraged by the announcement of Hall's release.
"Who is responsible, who should have been there to watch him, who should have been sitting in front of the emergency room, who is responsible for allowing this criminal to get out of the UNC hospital?" she told the TV station. "We want to know who it is and we want someone to take responsibility."
UNC Healthcare said its staff was working with the sheriff's office to "offer them help in this matter". Anyone with information about Hall's location is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 919-245-2900.
Vandana Rambaran of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.