Man stabs family members, claims trees were talking to him

GRAFTON—A Grafton man is behind bars following an altercation earlier this week.

21-year-old Jordon Tye Swiger has been arrested and charged with malicious assault after police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute at Briar Cliff Apartments at around 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Grafton City Patrolman Cameron Forte, he had been advised by another officer that a similar incident had occurred at the residence just two days prior. 

Once on scene, the officer made contact with the parties involved and learned that Swiger’s father had been injured in the altercation. Officer Forte noted bruising on the victim’s right arm, forehead and face, as well as wounds to his left arm.

Inside the residence, the officer noted second victim in the attack, this time it was Swiger’s cousin. Upon speaking with the second victim, the officer learned that he had been allegedly stabbed by the defendant with a screwdriver. 

A stab wound to the leg of the second victim was noted in the report.

Through talking with the second victim, Forte learned that Swiger was angry that he had not received money from another family member. As he became angrier, he grabbed the screwdriver and stabbed his cousin. 

Swiger then attacked his father, reportedly stabbing him in the arm, before leaving and going back to his own apartment. 

The officer then made contact with the defendant, who claimed he had not been involved in an altercation with anyone, although signs of a struggle were apparent on his person. 

It wasn’t until he had been taken into custody and was being transported that he gave in to the officer’s request for information, telling him that “the trees were talking to me” and “that the human in me made me do it.”

Swiger was process and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is currently being held.


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