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21st of October 2018

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Mix-up sees visitor to haunted house attraction stabbed with real knife

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A mix-up has seen a visitor to a Halloween haunted house attraction accidentally stabbed with a real knife.

James ‘Jay’ Yochim, 29, was slashed in the arm by his friend Tawyna Greenfield at the Nashville Nightmare attraction in Tennessee last Friday, leaving him in need of hospital treatment.

Greenfield told Fox 17 how she was handed the blade from a man she believed to be an employee.

A Nashville nightmare employee poses with a knife on the company’s Instagram page. One visitor to the scare attraction was slashed with a real knife given to his friend by an employee last week (Picture: Nashville Nightmare/Instagram)

The person – whose identity is unknown – gave Greenfield what she assumed was a prop knife, and then said ‘Stab him.’

Greenfield did as she was told, and said ‘Haha, gotcha!’ but was shocked when she realized that she had actually wounded Yochim.

She said: ‘His arm was gushing blood like something out of a horror scene.’

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Yochim told the Tennessean that Greenfield had wounded him after they’d been menaced by characters wielding imitation chainsaws, and that he had expected it to be a plastic blade too.

He explained: ‘Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake.

Tawyna Greenfield was handed the blade by a man she believed to be an employee – and told to stab her friend. She was horrifed when she did so and discovered that the blade was real, and that she had sliced his arm (Picture: Nashville Nightmare/Instagram)

‘So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black.

‘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 says when he came-to, Greenfield was ‘bawling’ next to him.

He said: ‘No one wants to stab their friend.

‘I’ve been stabbed and I still can’t even imagine what it’s like to accidentally hurt your friend like that.’

Yochim is now considering legal action against Nashville Nightmare.

The company says it believes the person who gave Greenfield a knife is one of their employees, and that they continue to investigate.

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A spokesman said: ‘We have robust safety and security protocols in place, including metal detectors and onsite medical and security staffs.

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.

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