Gaston man accused of attacking wife with box cutter arrested in W. Va

04/27/2013 2:11 PM

04/28/2013 12:27 AM

A Gaston man on the run for more than a week after brutally attacking his wife with a box cutter has been arrested by U.S. marshals on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

James Christopher Shawver, 35, was arrested near Pytona, W. Va., at about 1:45 p.m. Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a press release.

Shawver was found in woods near a small hunting cabin in Boone County. His parents live in West Virginia, Metts said.

Shawver had been on the run from law enforcement after cutting his wife, Kristen Shawver, 28, on her arms, neck and face more than 20 times, Metts said.

The attack began with a verbal argument at the couple’s Tamara Lane home, April 18, then turned violent when Shawver attacked his wife with a box cutter, arrest warrants allege.

Kristen Shawver fled the house, but Shawver pursued her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the woods, where he stated he intended to kill her, warrants state.

Kristen Shawver escaped for a second time but Shawver caught his wife, stabbed her in her neck with the box cutter, dragged her by her hair and forced his wife into the couple’s blue 2007 Chevrolet Aveo sedan, Metts said. Shawver then forced her to ride with him in the car, warrants state.

Kristen Shawver jumped from the moving car and sought refuge at a neighbor’s house. Her husband fled.

Deputies found the abandoned, bloodied car wrecked in a ditch in Swansea. The box cutter was found in the glove compartment, Metts said.

Kristen Shawver was taken to a hospital, where she received medical treatment for her injuries. She was listed in serious condition at the end of last week but was released Thursday.

Shawver was being held Saturday at the West Virginia Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden, W. Va., while awaiting extradition to Lexington County, Metts said. He has invoked his right for an extradition hearing to be held before he is returned to Lexington County.

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