Man arrested for deadly stabbing incident on Appalachian Trail

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ABINGDON, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An arrest was made in connection to a stabbing incident that left one person dead and another severely injured along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Virginia.

United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and David Archey, an agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond Division, announced that 30-year-old James L. Jordan was of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts was arrested Saturday morning on a federal criminal complaint.

Jordan is charged with one count of murder and one count of assault with the intent to murder.

The Wythe County Sheriff's Office said two hikers reported a man was attacking people with a machete, and while a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia does not identify the weapon, it does describe the attack as a "deadly stabbing."

"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."

The investigation is ongoing.

Jordan will make his first appearance in federal court in Abingdon on Monday.

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