MADISON, TN — A fun group outing at a haunted house turned to horror after a man in skull face makeup tricked a woman into stabbing her friend with a real knife.
“Halloween is, ask any of my friends, my favorite time of year… I get really excited about going to haunted houses,” James “Jay” Yochim said of hitting the sprawling Nashville Nightmare complex on October 5 with three pals. “We’d had so much fun, we were jumping around.”
But, according to a police report, their good time ended when the man in costume asked Yochim’s 29-year-old friend if he was “f—ing around with her.” Because the attraction uses actors and elaborate special effects, the woman played along and told him yes. He then gave her a knife and said, “Well, here, stab him.”
“Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake,” Yochim, 29, later said. “So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black.”
She had plunged the knife clear through his forearm.
“As she pulled back she realized that there was blood on the knife,” police noted in the report. “There was a hole in the victim’s shirt, and blood was squirting from the victim’s left arm.”
“The thing I remember is the guy who gave it to her kind of freaking out and saying things like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know my knife was that sharp. I didn’t know. I’m so sorry,’” Yochim said.
Yochim was rushed to Tristar Skyline hospital in Madison, where it took nine stitches to close his wound. Doctors are monitoring his recovery.
To prevent another injury, the company responsible for putting on the event placed the skull-faced employee on leave while they investigate the scary incident. “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,” Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group said in a statement.
Read more: The Tennessean
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