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York city councilman attacked by kids with weapons, uses six-pack in self defense

YORK, Pa. – Police are investigating after young teens threatened a local councilman on the street. It happened Sunday at about 4:30 in the afternoon, in ...

YORK, Pa. - Police are investigating after young teens threatened a local councilman on the street.

It happened Sunday at about 4:30 in the afternoon, in an alley off West King Street next to the police station.

Councilman Michael Helfrich says he was walking to his car, when the three 13-year-olds ahead of him stopped and began targeting him for some reason.

"The audacity of this young kid to pull a knife on me right next to the police station," says Helfrich.

One of the boys split off, but the other two followed him to his car and became violent, throwing heavy pieces of black top at him. One pulled out a knife.

"He pulled out the knife and opened it up and said, 'What the f are you looking at?'" says Helfrich.

Helfrich had only a six-pack for a weapon. He pulled out one of the bottles and waved it in self-defense. After the kids ran off, he returned to the area with police and found them. Police are pursing a juvenile case against the boy with the knife.

"There's this small group, like somebody who's going to pull a knife when they're 13, they need not just social help, but judicial intervention," says Helfrich.

The councilman posted about the incident on Facebook to warn parents and their kids about what happened.

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