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An 11-year-old boy fights an intruder with a machete

Sunday, June 16, 2019

MEBANE, N.C. (WFMY) – 11-year-old Braydon Smith knows the baseball field well.

As a Burlington Pirates player, he trained a bit, but he never thought this training would be useful off the field.

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

"I was hiding behind my door, I did not answer the door," said Braydon.

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

"When he came into the room, he pointed the gun at me and he told me to sit on the floor and put me in my closet. And I did that, "Bryadon said.

The suspect entered the living room to collect electronic devices, then returned to interrogate Braydon.

"He found my phone on the counter and took it, but he dropped it. That's when I took my machete and hit it in the back of my head, "said Braydon.

According to deputies from Orange County, the 19-year-old suspect, Jataveon Hall, hit Braydon in the stomach. Braydon again swung the machete, but missed it.

And if I did not do anything, he could have taken me with him. He could have done anything, "said Braydon.

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.

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