A Lexington County man accused of using a box cutter in an attempt to kill his wife earlier this month has been taken into custody some 300 miles to the north, where he's awaiting extradition back to the Midlands.
Authorities say 35-year-old James Shawver of Gaston was found on Friday in a wooded area near a hunting cabin in West Virginia, where his parents live.
He had been sought on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping since his wife, 28-year-old Kristen Shawver, was cut more than 20 times on her face, neck, and arms.
Arrest warrants allege that James Shawver assaulted his wife with a box cutter the evening of April 18th at their home in the 100 block of Tamara Lane near Gaston.
Sheriff James Metts says during an argument, the woman was cut on her arms inside the home, and when she ran outside, Shawver followed and dragged her by the hair into a wooded area where he said he intended to kill her.
She got free but Metts says Shawver caught up with her again and stabbed her in the neck with the box cutter, dragged her to the couple's car and forced her to ride with him.
As they neared home, the woman jumped from the vehicle and sought help at a neighbor's home.
Deputies later recovered the car in a ditch near Swansea and say they found a box cutter in the glove compartment and blood on the vehicle.
The victim had been listed in serious condition but was released from the hospital last week.