Machete-wielding man attacks group of hikers on Appalachian Trail, leaving one dead

A machete-wielding man attacked a pack of hikers along the  Appalachian Trail  Saturday, leaving one badly injured and the other dead, investigators said.

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James Jordan, 30, was arrested and charged with murder and assault with the intent to murder, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Four hikers were together when Jordan, from Massachusetts, allegedly attacked the group. Two fled north along the trail and two fled south, authorities said.

Investigators said a woman, who was injured and bleeding, walked 6 miles before finding other hikers and calling for help.

Law enforcement could not comment on the condition of the male victim.

There is no word yet on a motive for the attack in Virginia.

Jordan was also arrested last month in Tennessee and charged with threatening people on the Appalachian Trail there with an axe.

He received probation in that case and was ordered to pay fines.

Federal charges are expected to be filed against Jordan on Monday. He’s also scheduled for a first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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