Oklahoma man killed in Appalachian Trail attack

Machete-Wielding Man Attacks Hikers on Appalachian Trail, Killing One

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. — Federal law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that an Oklahoma man died in a violent attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

The attack happened on May 11. The victim has been identified as 43-year-old Ronald S. Sanchez.

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FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office officials said family members of the victim have been notified.

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Sunday that 30-year-old James Jordan was arrested for allegedly attacking a group of hikers on the trail over the weekend.

Jordan used a machete to attack four hikers, killing one of them, investigators said. The group managed to split and run in different directions.

The extent of the injuries suffered by the other three hikers are unclear.

Jordan faces complaints including murder and assault with the intent to murder.

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