The man called “Sovereign” who is accused of stabbing two hikers with a machete on the Appalachian Path in Virginia Saturday, eliminating among them, was acting “disturbed and unstable” when the 2 victims and 2 other hikers first encountered him, the FBI said in a grievance.
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 numerous times in the dreadful early Saturday attack.
Jordan, who was on probation after he was arrested in April for threatening hikers with a knife on the Appalachian Path in Tennessee, was purchased to undergo a mental assessment.
The problem said that Jordan approached the 2 victims and the other two hikers on Friday and that they understood him as a suspicious individual through social networks as the outcome of the Tennessee event, FBI agent Micah Childers stated.
” When Jordan approached the four hikers he was acting disrupted and unstable and was playing his guitar and singing,” Childers stated.
Later on that night after the 4 hikers made camp, Jordan approached the hikers’ camping tents and threatened to put gasoline on the tents and burn them to death, the representative said.
All four hikers then decided to break camp out of fear of Jordan but as they attempted to leave, he approached them with a knife, Childers said.
Two hikers ran, chased after by Jordan who returned and after that assaulted the other 2 hikers, the agent said. They called 911 around 2: 30 a.m.
” Victim # 2 seen Victim # 1 fall to the ground, at which point she ran,” Childers said.
” Victim # 2 began to tire at which point Jordan overtook her,” he said. “She turned to face Jordan and raised her arms as if to surrender when Jordan started stabbing her and received several stab wounds.”
Childers said she fell to the ground and played dead at which point Jordan left to discover his pet dog. She then diminished the trail.
Hikers found her after she strolled six miles injured and bleeding. She was taken to a healthcare facility.
The woman and the male hiker who was killed have actually not been recognized.
Childers stated that Wythe County deputies took Jordan into custody at the campground where the attack started and observed blood spots on his clothing.
Jordan’s arrest in Unicoi County, Tenn., was dealt with after he pleaded guilty to criminal impersonation, possession of marijuana and public intoxication and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a fine.
Unicoi Sheriff Michael Hensley informed the Roanoke Times Sunday that he understood Jordan was a risk, however the hikers who were threatened declined to push assault charges and testify versus him in court, so his deputies charged him with what they could.
” I did whatever in my power to get this person off the trail,” Sheriff Michael Hensley told the paper. “And I took him off the path, I did. But the courts considered something else.”