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Man in Machete Attack on Appalachian Trail in Virginia Arrested

Updated On 13 May, 2019 Published On

A man in machete attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia was arrested, authorities confirmed on Sunday, May 12.

The attack had left one man dead and a woman critically injured.

James Jordan, 30, who is from West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was taken into custody on Saturday, May 11.

He has been charged with murder and assault with intent to murder in the "senseless and brutal attack" on the two hikers, who hasn't been identified.

WCYB-TV reported that Jordan was known to hike the Appalachian Trail under the name "Sovereign."

Previously in April, he was arrested for threatening hikers on the national park in Tennessee. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

The victims were hiking together the attack took place. Deputies responded to the scene at approx. 3:30 a.m. Officials used GPS to find the man after he sent an emergency notification on his cellphone.

The woman walked six miles injured and bleeding and was eventually helped by two hikers.

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