Jonesboro police say a man thought a staged attack would improve his chances with a woman he wanted to date.
Instead, he said things “got out of hand very fast.”
On Saturday night several officers, including a K9 unit, spent two hours combing the woods around the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center on Lawson Road.
Earlier 26-year-old Jeffery Tyler Siegel and a woman claimed they had been attacked while walking back from the lookout pavilion.
The couple told police a man wearing all black and wielding a large knife came out of the woods and told Siegel, “You can go; but, your girlfriend stays.”
The woman reportedly ran away and called police. But Siegel stayed and fought the attacker. Or so he told police.
Siegel claimed the man “slashed” him twice on the chest and the wrist before he grabbed him and kneed him in the stomach.
At that point, he said the man turned and ran away.
After two hours of searching the surrounding area, including closing the only exit to Craighead Forest Park, police were unable to find the “attacker” and the search was called off.