A Hempstead landlord is under arrest in the stabbing of his tenant after the tenant intervened in a fight between the landlord and his wife, Nassau police said.

Jose Nelson Oliva, 39, arrived at his Webb Avenue home at about 4 a.m. Saturday and began arguing with his wife, police said.

After he began choking her and she started screaming, a 30-year-old man who lives in Oliva's basement came upstairs and removed Oliva from his wife, police said. Oliva then left the room, and the man returned to his quarters.

A short time later, Oliva appeared in the man's apartment armed with a kitchen knife and stabbed the tenant in the right upper chest, police said.

The tenant was able to grab Oliva's arm and punched and head-butted him until the knife was dislodged and the tenant was able to flee the basement, police said.

The tenant, who received a punctured right lung, was admitted to a hospital for treatment, while Oliva was taken to a hospital for treatment of a fractured skull.

Oliva was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder and two counts of fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon. He was scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at Nassau University Medical Center and was held last night at the Nassau County jail.

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