A 30-year-old man suspected of stabbing another man in the neck Saturday evening remains in the Jackson County Jail on first- and second-degree assault charges.
Bail for Brandon Anthony Borba, 30, who has no known address, was set at $2 million, jail records show.
Medford police said Borba first approached 54-year-old Tamayo C. May of Medford near the intersection of South Columbus Avenue and West Prune Street around 6:38 p.m. Saturday. The two men began talking. The conversation was brief, but ended when Borba lashed out and struck May in the neck with a knife, police said.
"Originally everybody thought it was a punch," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
May called 911 after the attack. Budreau said an officer was nearby and arrived on scene within a minute. May, his finger pointed at the departing Borba, collapsed as the officer pulled up, Budreau said.
Police called for Borba to turn around and come back. He eventually obeyed and started to walk back, with the knife still in his hand.
"(He) produced a knife in his hand and was not compliant with officers," Budreau said.
As more police arrived on scene, Borba got down on the ground and was held at gunpoint by officers until he was taken into custody.
Medical responders used a specialized gauze with a clotting agent to treat May's wound before transporting him to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, said Budreau, who credited the treatment with helping save May.
"It was an extremely significant injury," Budreau said.
RRMC officials said May was treated and released.
It's not yet known what prompted the stabbing. Police said the two men did not know each other, and that Borba would not provide information about the incident.
Police closed several blocks of South Columbus during their investigation.
Ryan Pfeil is a reporter for the Mail Tribune.