July 7, 2013 Updated: July 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm
Colorado Springs Police arrested a transient man Sunday morning in connection with an alleged unprovoked attack in the heart of downtown that left one man fighting for his life.
Vernon Banis, 33, allegedly used a knife to slash the face of a man near the intersection of Tejon and Bijou Streets just before 8 a.m., according to Lt. Thomas Harris. When officers arrived, they found the victim with a life-threatening laceration.
According to police, Banis spends a great deal of time on the streets of downtown.
Police took Banis into custody and he was charged with first-degree assault. He is being held at the El Paso County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Police said the victim was in stable condition as of Sunday evening.
Contact Jesse Paul at 636-0253. Twitter: @JesseAPaul