Fugitive Arrested in West Virginia
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators provided information to a U.S. Marshals Service regional fugitive task force that helped lead to the arrest of a 35-year-old Gaston man on Friday, April 26 near Pytona, W. Va.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said members of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force on Friday afternoon arrested James Christopher Shawver, 35, of 125 Tamara Lane, Gaston. Shawver had been on the run from law enforcement for more than one week.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives obtained arrest warrants for Shawver on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping in connection with an incident in which Shawver cut his wife on her arms and neck with a box cutter on Thursday, April 18 at the couple’s home on Tamara Lane, Metts said.
Shawver was being held on Saturday, April 27 at the West Virginia Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden, W. Va., while awaiting extradition to Lexington County, Metts said. Shawver invoked his right for an extradition hearing to be held before he is returned to Lexington County.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force arrested Shawver at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday at 575 Three Mile Branch Road near Pytona, W. Va., Metts said. Shawver was found in woods near a small hunting cabin on Three Mile Branch Road in Boone County. Officers with the West Virginia State Police, Boone County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Office and Kanawha County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Office worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and arrest Shawver, whose parents both live in West Virginia.
Arrest warrants allege that at about 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 Shawver assaulted his 28-year-old wife, Kristen Lynn Shawver, inside and outside their home on Tamara Lane, Metts said. James Shawver used a box cutter to cut his wife with the intent to kill her.
During a verbal dispute, arrest warrants also allege that James Shawver cut his wife on her arms with a box cutter while the couple was inside their home, Metts said. Kristen Shawver then ran out of the home.
In addition, arrest warrants allege that James Shawver ran after his wife and dragged her by her hair into woods, where James Shawver stated that he intended to kill his wife, Metts said. Kristen Shawver escaped from her husband for a second time and ran away.
Arrest warrants further allege that James Shawver caught his wife for a second time, 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. James Shawver forced Kristen Shawver to ride with him in the car.
Arrest warrants also allege that Kristen Shawver jumped out of the car as James Shawver drove the car on Tamara Lane, Metts said. Kristen Shawver sought help at a neighbor’s home.
Kristen Shawver suffered more than 20 wounds to her arms and her upper torso, including her head and neck, Metts said. Kristen Shawver was taken to a hospital, where Kristen Shawver received medical treatment for her injuries and later was released on Thursday, April 25.
Deputies later recovered the Chevrolet Aveo sedan in a ditch off Pooles Mill Road near Swansea, Metts said. No one was in the car. Deputies found blood on the inside and exterior of the car. Deputies also found a box cutter on the floor of the driver’s compartment in the car.