Man's over-the-top plan to impress a girl backfires

Victim of an attack hoax says humiliation is his punishment

Published On: Mar 23 2013 10:27:26 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2013 01:16:01 PM EDT
JONESBORO, Arkansas -

When Brianne Coots was attacked while walking with her friend Tyler Siegel at Craighead Forest Park Saturday evening, she said the whole situation felt very real. So real she dialed 911.

"Somebody attacked me and my friend. I'm having to run.  Please hurry" said Coots to the 911 dispatcher.

Coots says her "attacker" was wielding a large knife and came out of the woods. She said Siegel saw the man first and advised her to stay back.

"As soon as he came out, I just started running" said Coots.

And she kept running.

"I just went straight down the edge of a hill, and all the way across a field to the highway" said Coots.

In the process of running away, Coots lost a shoe and she shed her jacket to run faster and she says she even fell a few times, injuring her hip and leg.

Siegel came out of the incident with a cut on his wrist and chest, supposedly from the attacker.

Coots says it didn't click that something wasn't right.

"And sure enough, the whole thing had been set up," Coots said. "I was completely just infuriated when I found out about it."

Coots say Tyler Siegel felt like he had to impress her so he staged the assualt in a remote area. After the incident she says she told him that they didn't need to talk anymore after it.

Siegel isn't facing any charges in the incident and Coots said she feels he learned his lesson.

"This whole incident has to be so humiliating for him, that I think just the humiliation is enough of a punishment."

Coots says she owns a 9mm handgun, and she's a pretty good shot. She says Siegel is lucky she wasn't carrying it with her.