Good samaritan attacked, robbed trying to help stranded motorist

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He thought he was helping a driver whose car broke down.

But tonight a teen tells us it was just a trap. Sean Helton, 19, ended up being attacked and robbed just a half-a-mile from his Laurel County home.

It happened on Sunday night along Hammock road, not far from London.

"I was shocked mostly, that it could happen so close to home," Sean Helton said.

The 19-year-old said he saw a woman outside a car on the side of the road and stopped to ask her if she needed help.

"She asked me to help move her car off the road. I agreed and when I started helping her that's when things escalated," he explained.

At that time he said two men dressed in full camouflage approached him from behind, attacking the unsuspecting teen.

"Before I could turn around, one of them hit me with what I think was a baseball bat," Helton said.

The blow knocked him to the ground. "I tried to get up, but he hit me again."

But the attack only got more violent, he said. "Another man pulled out a knife and tried cutting me."

His carhartt jacket protected him from potentially serious injuries.

"It definitely could have been a lot worse," Helton said.

The teen somehow got away with just some bruised ribs. "I'm out some sunglasses and cologne, but I have my life and that's all that matters."

The only description Helton could give of the suspects was that the women was whie in her mid 20's, with an acne problem, and her car was a white cavalier, with no plates.

Laurel County Sheriff deputies are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact their office at (606) 864-6600.

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