A group of friends went out to a Halloween haunted house in Tennessee for a scare, but the night soon turned into a real-life horror scene Friday night after a stranger handed one of the friends a knife—which she thought was a prop—and allegedly encouraged her to stab her friend.
The woman, identified as Tawnya Greenfield, thought she was playing along as she reached out and stabbed James "Jay" Yochim.
"His arm was gushing blood like something out of a horror scene," she told local news station WZTV.
Greenfield said she and her group had just finished going through the Nashville Nightmare haunted house and were playing carnival type games that were also part of the attraction when they were approached by a character who they thought worked for the haunted house.
The person asked whether Yochim had been messing with Greenfield and when Greenfield jokingly said that he had, the person handed her a knife and said "well here, stab him," WZTV reports.
Greenfield reached out and exclaimed "Haha, gotcha!" as she stabbed Yochim through his forearm.
"Keep in mind, we'd been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake," Yochim would later tell The Tennessean. "So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black."
Although Yochim's memory started to fade after the stabbing, he remembers the character who had handed over the knife saying "Oh, I didn't know my knife was that sharp. I didn't know. I'm so sorry," he told the paper, also confirming Greenfield's version of events.
Staff at the haunted house quickly rushed to his aid while Greenfield was "bawling" next to him, he said.
She would later tell police she had not meant to hurt her friend.
The character, who the haunted house believes did work at the attraction, quickly disappeared after the stabbing.
"As we have continued to review the information, we believe that an employee was involved in some way, and he has been placed on leave until we can determine his involvement," a statement from Nashville Nightmare said, according to WZTV. "We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern."
Yochim was taken to the hospital where he received nine stitches. The Metro Nashville Police are continuing to investigate, but spokeswoman Kris Mumford told The Tennessean they had reached a "dead end" in the case.
No charges have been filed yet in the incident but WZTV reports that the group of friends is pursuing potential legal action.
"No one wants to stab their friend," Yochim said, according to The Tennessean. "I've been stabbed and I still can't even imagine what it's like to accidentally hurt your friend like that."
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