Accused Appalachian Trail killer was interviewed by police days before hiker stabbed to death


Bristol, Tennessee Police confirm they interviewed accused Appalachian Trail killer James Jordan days before he murdered a man in Wythe County.


According to officers, they were called for a suspicious person at the University C-Mart on King College Road about 2 a.m. on May 5.

According to a report, the responding officer spoke to the store owner. 

“He advised that while talking to Jordan, he made some suspicious comments. Jordan stated that he was an ‘Urban Assassin’ and that his target was in a white truck.”

The report goes on to say the owner of the C-Mart was driving a white truck. The owner told police he was suspicious of Jordan.

The officer’s report stated he started walking in the direction indicated that Jordan had walked. The officer spotted Jordan and his dog laying on the ground in front of Simply Nails.

The officer wrote, “I spoke with Jordan and asked him about the threatening comments, in which he replied that he was joking with him. He was on private property and was advised of that.”

The report states Jordan did not appear to be intoxicated and remained in front of the nail salon after the officer left.


Officers told News Channel 11 they had no reason to detain him.


Jordan would go on to get on the Appalachian Trail at some point, hiking toward Wythe County.


The FBI has identified the man Jordan stabbed to death as Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr., 43, of Oklahoma.


READ MORE: FBI identifies man killed on Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia


Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass. Is charged with one count of murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States and one count of assault with the intent to murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States.


A federal judge has ordered Jordan undergo a mental competency evaluation.

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