A 56-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after police said he severely cut another man during an argument in downtown Charleston.

Jerry Lee Todus of King Street was jailed on a charge of first-degree assault and battery. He was held Monday in Charleston County's jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

A witness told officers from the Charleston Police Department that Todus and the victim, a 44-year-old West Ashley man, had been hanging out inside a tent behind the Charleston County Recycling Center at 13 Romney St.

For an unknown reason, the witness said, the two got into an argument, and the victim was cut near the throat and on the shoulder, according to an incident report. He also suffered an 8-inch gash in his chest.

After they were called, officers found the man bleeding heavily.

"He got me good," the man said, according to the report. "Jerry got me good."

The witness led officers to another tent in the woods, where they found Todus.

The police said they could not find the weapon used in the attack.

Paramedics took the victim to Medical University Hospital.

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