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Man Wanted for Assaulting His Wife With a Box Cutter


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are seeking help from citizens in locating a 35-year-old man who is wanted on arrest warrants on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping in connection with an incident in which the man cut his wife on her arms and neck with a box cutter on Thursday, April 18 at the couple’s home on Tamara Lane near Gaston.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives are searching for James Christopher Shawver, 35, of 125 Tamara Lane, Gaston. Shawver is 5-foot-6 and weighs 180 pounds. Shawver has brown hair and blue eyes.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 9:20 p.m. on Thursday Shawver assaulted his 28-year-old wife, Kristen Lynn Shawver, inside and outside their home on Tamara Lane, Metts said. The warrants allege that James Shawver used a box cutter to cut his wife with the intent to kill her.

During a verbal dispute, arrest warrants 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.

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 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 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 was receiving medical treatment for her injuries. Kristen Shawver was listed in serious condition at the hospital late Friday afternoon.

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.

Metts asked anyone with information concerning James Shawver or James Shawver’s whereabouts to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).



 


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