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Jonesboro man fakes knife attack to impress his date

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Things are starting to look and sound like spring at Craighead Forest Park.

It might have been spring fever that got the best of one Jonesboro man trying to impress a girl.

According to a police report with the Jonesboro Police Department, a man and woman were attacked by a man with a large knife out near Pavilion #5 at Craighead Forest Park. While the female victim ran off, the man, 26-year-old Tyler Siegel stayed back to fight the attacker, sustaining a cut to his wrist and chest in the process.

Police even searched for that alleged attacker for hours, even shutting down the main exit to Craighead Forest Park.

Turns out, that "attacker" was more friend than foe as Siegel asked his friend to attack them so he could impress the girl. The cuts he sustained were self-inflicted to make it look like he'd been injured.

KAIT spoke with the female by phone. She said in her attempt to run away, she lost a shoe and hurt her leg trying to get away. She said the whole experience was "very real" but didn't once think the incident showed Siegel in a heroic light.

Siegel told police the incident "just really got out of hand very fast." He is not facing any charges.

While speaking with the female victim, she said she told Mr. Siegel that after this incident, they would no longer be talking.