(WBIR) Knoxville police arrested and charged a man with attempted first-degree murder after they say he slashed a man's throat with a box cutter.

Officers responded to a report that a man was stabbed under the interstate near 313 N. Broadway. Investigators said John Earl Rowland, 52, walked up behind Coleman James Walker, 23, and slashed Walker's throat with a box cutter type of knife.

Police arrested Rowland a few hundred yards from the scene.

Crews took Walker to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he's listed in critical condition.

Authorities charged Rowland with one count of attempted first-degree murder.