Cops arrested four teens for the attack in Yonkers that sent a News12 reporter to the hospital Wednesday.
CeFaan Kim, 31, was attacked on Odell Avenue near the Greystone train station shortly before 9 a.m., authorities said. The teens hit him about 30 times before fleeing.
Aided by surveillance footage and witness reports, Yonkers police apprehended the four boys, two age 16 and the others age 15, and charged them with attempted robbery and assault. None of the boys has any prior conviction, and the two 16-year-olds are going to be charged as adults, News12 reported.
Kim, an ex-sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, said he fought off the assailants, who ran away after bystanders pulled their cars over to help.
"Make sure the story states that I had nothing taken," a laughing Kim told News12. "I fought them off. I don't want it to say I got my butt kicked."
He was taken to St. John's Riverside Hospital in Dobbs Ferry for injuries to his head, including a fractured nose. He was discharged a few hours later, and told Newsday Westchester Wednesday afternoon that he had a headache but not a concussion.
"I'm a little scratched up here and there, but nothing serious," he said in an interview.
A message left for Yonkers police Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.
A general assignment reporter for News12 since October, Kim worked for NY1 News for 10 years, covering Queens, according to his LinkedIn page.
With News12 and Jillian Sederholm