James Jordan is a 30-year-old man from Massachusetts who was arrested on federal murder charges on Saturday after he allegedly attacked two hikers with a machete on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Specifically, per CNN, he faces one count of murder and one count of assault with the intent to murder.
The arrest of Jordan came after the shocking news that two hikers had been brutally attacked with a man wielding a machete late Friday night. Neither of the hikers has been identified. Though the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office originally said they were investigating the incident and didn’t confirm any deaths, it’s since been confirmed that the male hiker has died.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jordan, 30, Was Arrested on Saturday Morning on Charges of Murder & Assault
Per The Washington Post, authorities were alerted of an apparent attack on two hikers on Saturday; the attack in question took place late Friday night. The publication reports that the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office tactical team ventured into the woods on Saturday towards the locations of one of the hiker’s SOS signals. They came upon the dog that Jordan has been seen with, and eventually found him and took him into custody.
2. Jordan Is Accused of Attacking Two Hikers With a Machete; One Hiker Was Killed
Jordan faces federal murder charges for the attack that took place on Saturday, leaving one male hiker dead and one woman hospitalized with severe stab wounds.
3. Jordan Is From West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
UPDATE: James Jordan, known as “Sovereign” on the Appalachian Trail was well known by other hikers. They alerted each other about him. He was released after an arrest in Tenn in April only to be charged with murder in May. https://t.co/uBKd6GKvPe https://t.co/qKPkcoDqjO
— Arelis R. Hernández (@arelisrhdz) May 12, 2019
Jordan, whose full name is James Louis Jordan, is 30 years old and is from West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
4. Jordan Is Known as ‘Sovereign’; He Has Been Arrested for Similar Crimes in the Past
Jordan is believed by authorities to be the hiker that many know as “Sovereign.” In April, an incident occurred in April: Jordan allegedly threatened hikers with a machete, but when authorities were called by a witness, it was determined that he was just carrying a guitar, and not a machete. Following the incident, he faced charges of criminal impersonation (for giving a fake name to authorities) and drug possession, per …read more