May 14, 2019 – In Breaking News – Fox News
The man named “Sovereign” who is accused of stabbing two hikers with a machete on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia Saturday, killing one of them, was acting “disturbed and unstable” when the two victims and two other hikers first encountered him, the FBI said in a complaint.
James Jordan, 30, of Cape Cod, Mass., was arraigned Monday on federal charges in Abingdon, Va., accusing him of killing a male hiker and trying to kill a female hiker, who, according to the complaint, played dead after she was stabbed multiple times in the horrific early Saturday attack.
Jordan, who was on probation after he was arrested in April for threatening hikers with a knife on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee, was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
(A Massachusetts man charged in a brutal attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Courtesy of CBS Boston and YouTube. Posted on May 13, 2019.)
The complaint said that Jordan approached the two victims and the other two hikers on Friday and that they knew him as a suspicious person through social media as the result of the Tennessee incident, FBI agent Micah Childers said.
“When Jordan approached the four hikers he was acting disturbed and unstable and was playing his guitar and singing,” Childers said.
Later that evening after the four hikers made camp, Jordan approached the hikers’ tents and threatened to pour gasoline on the tents and burn them to death, the agent said.
All four hikers then decided to break camp out of fear of Jordan but as they tried to leave, he approached them with a knife, Childers said.
Two hikers ran off, chased by Jordan who returned and then attacked the other two hikers, the agent said. They called 911 around 2:30 a.m.
(Machete-wielding man attacks hikers on Appalachian Trail, leaving one dead. Courtesy of WSOCTV9 and YouTube. Posted on May 13, 2019.)
“Victim #2 watched Victim #1 fall to the ground, at which point she ran,” Childers said.
“Victim #2 began to tire at which point Jordan caught up with her,” he said.
“She turned to face Jordan and raised her arms as if to surrender when Jordan began stabbing her and received multiple stab wounds.”
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