Vernio Leon, 26, New London, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and causing injury by the negligent use of a weapon.
On May 23, Sgt. Tom Algiers and Officer Nick Kamba, with the New London Police Department, went to America’s Best Value Inn in response to a stabbing incident.
Kamba entered by the back stairwell, where he encountered two men on the top landing of the second floor.
One of the men, a Haitian who did not speak English, was bleeding. The other man was holding the knife, and Kamba ordered him to drop it, which he did.
The second man directed Kamba to where the stabbing allegedly occurred, while Algiers looked after the injured man.
Leon was staying in the room. He told Kamba he was in charge of payroll for a group of field workers who were staying at the hotel.
According to the criminal complaint, Leon said the Haitian came to his room and demanded to be paid. Leon refused and a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, Leon allegedly stabbed the man.
Leon is currently being held in custody on a $10,000 cash bond.