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Teen knife attack raises Chilliwack mom's concerns

An attempted robbery of three teenage boys at knifepoint by two older teens has a Chilliwack mom worried it could happen to others.

"Bullying is one thing, this was just scary," said the mother, whose name The Progress is not publishing.

The mother said her 14-year-old son was walking home on Feb. 3 with two friends when they were confronted by two older boys demanding money on the corner or Bernard Avenue near Crescent Drive at about 8 p.m.

"These two boys started taunting them," she said, and then one pulled out a knife.

"He kept flicking it to scare them," she said. The other teen held an Exacto knife during the attack.

Apparently, the two attackers had seen the three friends earlier at a MacDonald's restaurant where they were celebrating a birthday, and watched as the 14-year-old pulled out his wallet to pay the bill.

"They saw my son had money, was younger than them, and they went after him," the mother said.

But an adult woman walking her dog happened along, and scared off the attackers.

None of the three victims was injured.

Police were called and made patrols of the area, but no suspects were located.

The mother said her son told her the two assailants were among a larger group at the restaurant, and they were overheard talking about "needing" drugs.

During the attack, her son told her the two older boys were "twitchy" and "it seemed like they were on some kind of drug."

The mother said the incident raised her concern about the recent trend of teenagers carrying weapons.

RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth agreed "it is scary out there, that so many youths are carrying weapons," but it is not seen as an emerging problem in the Chilliwack area.

There have been a number of incidents involving knives in Chilliwack wielded by older assailants over the past few months, including one 21-year-old who allegedly stabbed a 43-year-old man out walking his dog in November. The attack came after the man asked a group of youths to pick up some garbage. The victim was taken to hospital.

In November, a 22-year-old suspect pulled a knife after pushing a 21-year-old woman to the ground and stealing her purse, and last August, a taxi driver was attacked by a knife-wielding man after driving the couple to a Rosedale destination.

No serious injuries were reported in those two incidents.

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