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Ark. man stages attack to impress date

He had a friend dressed in black threaten them with a knife, and told police he fought him off

Kait 8 ABC

JONESBORO, AR — Jonesboro police say a man thought a staged attack would improve his chances with a woman he wanted to date.  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.

On Monday, Detective Mike Branscum interviewed Siegel's date.  She said she felt that something was "not right" that night and that "Tyler was texting just before the assault," according to the police report. Siegel told the officer he "really liked" the woman and "felt that if he did something like this it would help him with his chances with her."

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