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Teen uses meat cleaver, knives to fend off burglar

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A 17-year-old with a meat cleaver helped police nab a would-be robber late Tuesday night in south Nashville.

"I'm proud of him, and I'm glad that he did what he did. I'm glad none of my kids were hurt," his father, Kelvin Blaylock, said.

The Blaylock's son, Donsha Lampkins, took the lead when a would-be robber removed the air conditioner and tried to break into the family's South Nashville home overnight.

"A couple of days ago, I took them upstairs in a room and said, 'If anything ever happens when I'm not here, look around and see what you can grab," Kelvin Blaylock said.

So, Donsha grabbed steak knives and broke CDs, which were sharp enough to be used as a weapon.

He grabbed a meat cleaver then challenged and chased the robber.

When the robber turned to attack him, Donsha swung the knife and hit him in the head.

The suspect ran but was quickly caught by police.

"We were scared, but he thought quick, quick enough to do what he had to do. It was not the ideal set of events," his mother, Dawn Blaylock, said.

The parents do not condone violence but protecting the home and their family is what matters most.

"I have seven kids here," Kelvin Blaylock said. "We're not doing that well, but you know, this is all we have and for you to come in and try to take something that we're trying to get started, that's not right and I'm not going to allow you to do that."

Donsha is a sophomore at Stratford High School and, in spite of what happened, he was back in class Wednesday.

His father, Kelvin, wasn't home Tuesday night when this happened.

He was selling newspapers downtown in an attempt to scrape together the money for his kids to go to a Christmas dance this weekend.

The robber, whose name has not been released, didn't get away with anything.

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