West York man charged in heroin death

  • Police say a West York man gave the heroin that cause the overdose death of a man in February.
  • Robert Helf, 20, remains in York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

A West York man is accused of providing the heroin that caused the death of a 19-year-old earlier this year, according to police.

Robert Helf, 20, of 35 Highland Ave., Apt. B, is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter and criminal use of a communications facility, among other charges.

York City Police say Nathan Heberlig bought heroin from Helf and later overdosed on it.

Heroin: Police were called to a residence on Atlantic Avenue about 2 p.m. Feb. 3 for a report of an overdose. When police arrived, they found Heberlig dead in his bed.

Robert Helf


An autopsy confirmed Heberlig's death was caused by heroin and fentanyl toxicity.

While examining Heberlig's phone, police say they found text messages between Heberlig and a number, which was later identified as Helf's.

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Heberlig had texted Helf on Feb. 1, asking to get 1½ bundles of heroin, police said. According to court documents, Helf told him it would be $120 and asked him to meet at a home in West York.

Police say the text messages show that Heberlig went to the home and that the next day Helf texted Heberlig, asking if he still needed the half bundle, to which Heberlig said he did.

On Feb. 3, Helf sent another text, telling Heberlig to give him $40 for the half bundle, documents allege.

During an interview with Heberlig's girlfriend, she told police the two went to Helf's grandmother's home  about 9 p.m. Feb. 2 to purchase heroin for the two of them, documents state. She told police the two exclusively bought heroin through Helf, who she knew as "Bobby," police said.

A search warrant on a phone number led police to Helf, documents state. Police say they then created a photo lineup and presented it to Heberlig's girlfriend, who picked Helf out as the person Heberlig bought heroin from, according to police.

Helf was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to a prison official. He remains there as of Thursday.

It is unclear if he has an attorney.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.