Man arrested in stabbing at Kings Island Camp Cedar brawl
MASON, Ohio (WXIX) - A man is under arrest after allegedly stabbing a person during a brawl at Kings Island Camp Cedar over the weekend, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Tudor Lazar, 39, of Tukwila, Washington, was taken into custody shortly after deputies responded to the camp off Kings Island Drive around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested there for felonious assault, the sheriff’s office said.
Lazar waived his preliminary hearing on May 4 and his case was bound over to a Warren County grand jury, court records say.
The sheriff’s office says deputies were called to the campground for a “large fight,” including a stabbing.
Lazar was the only person arrested, and the person stabbed is expected to recover, they confirmed Monday. The sheriff’s office said they do not expect additional arrests or charges to be made.
Radio traffic indicates a male was “covered in blood with a wound into his neck.”
Four others were hurt, mostly bumps and bruises, according to the sheriff’s office.
The incident remains under investigation. Sheriff’s officials have not said yet what they think sparked the dispute and stabbing.
Lazar was booked into the Warren County Jail at 12:17 a.m. Sunday and is currently held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.
“We are aware of an altercation between multiple parties at Camp Cedar on Saturday evening that resulted in injuries. It is an active investigation, and we are fully cooperating with local law enforcement. All inquiries should be directed to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department,” Camp Cedar said in a statement Sunday.
Two people, who said they witnessed what happened at the campground, talked with FOX19 NOW on Monday.
Pyper Jaggers and her boyfriend Thomas Young were staying at the cabin next door. Jaggers says when they went out to help, there was a bit of a language barrier.
“The lady was like, ‘he got stabbed in the neck, in the neck,’” Jaggers recalled. “That was all I knew and there was just people screaming, yelling, fighting. I was telling my friend you need to tell the police to hurry.”
While Jaggers says she tried to get some children away from the situation, Young, who is training to become a firefighter, tried to jump in and help the victim.
“He’s distraught, he’s panicking,” Young described. “He’s yelling at me and thinks I’m the police, he’s yelling at me, ‘he’s getting away, go get him,’ of course, I don’t have the authority to do that.”
Kings Island Camp Cedar is an outdoor resort in Deerfield Township, one mile down the road from Kings Island amusement park off Interstate 71. It opened in July 2021 after construction delays caused officials to push back the opening date.
Last summer, police had to be called to Kings Island due to a fight involving five juveniles and an adult.
The fight forced the park to close early that night.
Kings Island has since added security measures.
They released this statement regarding park security:
“We have taken a number of steps this season to ensure the safety of our guests and associates.
“These actions include increasing security presence, enhancing video surveillance, posting additional Code of Conduct signage throughout the park and providing guests with the ability to text any safety concerns to our security team.”
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