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UPDATE: Victim identified in attack on Appalachian Trail

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(WVVA) Federal authorities have released the name of the man killed in an attack on the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, VA.

The victim, Ronald Sanchez, Jr, 43, of Oklahoma died on Saturday from injuries he received the day before. Investigators are withholding the name of the female hiker who survived the alleged attack.

According to court documents, James Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, MA approached four hikers. He was singing, playing the guitar, and making threats. Two hikers were able to get away.

Initial reports indicated Jordan used a machete, but authorities called it a knife in the affidavit.

Jordan was charged with murder and assault. A federal judge ordered him to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.

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(Associated Press) Federal authorities say a man accused of killing one hiker and severely injuring another on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia had earlier acted “unstable” and allegedly threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.

James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested Saturday.

He made an initial appearance in court Monday. Jordan’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent said Jordan approached four hikers multiple times Friday in southwestern Virginia, singing, playing his guitar, making noises and threatening them.

The agent said two hikers got away, but Jordan stabbed a man who later died, and a female hiker, who survived.

Initial reports said the attacker used a machete, but the affidavit called it a knife.

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WYTHE COUNTY, VA (Associated Press) Federal authorities say a man accused of killing one hiker and severely injuring another on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia had earlier acted “unstable” and allegedly threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.

James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested Saturday.

He made an initial appearance in court Monday. Jordan’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent said Jordan approached four hikers multiple times Friday in southwestern Virginia, singing, playing his guitar, making noises and threatening them.

The agent said two hikers got away, but Jordan stabbed a man who later died, and a female hiker, who survived.

Initial reports said the attacker used a machete, but the affidavit called it a knife.

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(NBC NEWS) – Federal authorities say a Massachusetts man has been arrested in a deadly stabbing along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

James Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, was arrested early Saturday on a federal criminal complaint.
Authorities say one person was killed and another severely injured.

The Wythe County Sheriff’s office said in a statement Saturday that two hikers reported a man with a machete was attacking people.

According to court documents, one victim ‘played dead’ to survive.

Jordan faces charges of murder and assault.

Monday morning, a federal judge agreed with the prosecution to send Jordan for a psychiatric evaluation.

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WYTHE COUNTY, VA (WVVA) A man is in custody after a deadly attack on the Appalachian Trail Saturday.

James Jordan federal charges of murder and assault with intent to murder.

Officials say Jordan attacked a man and woman on the trail with a machete. The male victim died as a result of his injuries. The female victim suffered severe injuries and was taken for medical treatment.

This isn’t the first time Jordan has been a threat to hikers. He was arrested in April in Tennessee after threatening hikers with a knife.

Jordan, also known by his trail name, “Sovereign,” is being held at the Abingdon Regional Jail.

“I commend local law enforcement in Wythe and Smyth counties for mobilizing successful rescue and tactical operations in this remote region,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated Sunday.  “Thanks to their efforts, the suspect was safely apprehended and a seriously wounded victim received critical medical care.   We will continue to work with our state and local partners to bring the perpetrator of this senseless and brutal attack to justice.”

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