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Jataveon Dashawn Hall is safely locked behind bars now that North Carolina police managed to track him back down. It took “a tip that he was at his mother’s apartment in the nearby city of Burlington” on Sunday.

They had the 19-year-old under arrest Friday night when he came in to the hospital, to get the machete slash in his head stitched up — but they let him walk away.

Despite the fact that hospital staff was well aware Hall had an arrest warrant waiting for him, he was allowed to simply walk out of Chapel Hill’s UNC Medical Center on Friday Night. It wasn’t their job to detain him.

The County Sheriff explained on Facebook:

“He had told a nurse that he needed to leave because police were going to be looking for him.”

He faces charges of breaking and entering, kidnapping and assaulting a child.

11-year-old Braydon Smith was alone in his Mebane neighborhood house Friday morning. He was on the phone with his mother, Kaitlin Johnson when a car pulled into their driveway.

While a woman knocked on the front door as a distraction, a man broke through a rear window and entered the home. A second man remained outside by their car.

When, over the phone, Johnson heard the woman “yelling to the man that nobody was home,” she called her aunt, who in turn called 911.

Meanwhile the man who had entered the home “grabbed a pellet gun… and forced Smith into a bedroom closet.”

According to the Sheriff’s office:

“Smith, a baseball player, left the closet, grabbed a machete and struck a blow to the intruder’s head.”

The wounded man, “kicked Smith in the stomach and the side of the head before grabbing a PlayStation and a television.”

Because of the heavily bleeding head-wound, the suspect dropped the booty and fled with his companions.

Deputies knew all they had to do was stake out the hospitals and wait. It wasn’t long before Hall showed up for treatment. Only a short time after that, surveillance video shows Hall walking out of the hospital “in a gown, holding what appeared to be a cup of water.”

“We believe this situation highlights the issue that emergency-department nurses and physicians cannot be both caregivers and law enforcement at the same time,” a hospital issued statement declares.

“Our nurses and physicians focus 100 percent of their time on providing care to patients — that is their job.”

The hospital argues that the County Sheriff’s Department didn’t set a guard to watch over him.

“It is the responsibility of law enforcement to closely monitor the status of suspects in their custody while those patients are receiving medical treatment.”

When the station called police there at the hospital on Saturday morning to check status, the officers didn’t even know Hall had checked out 10 hours earlier.


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