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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man live through a bloody fight for survival in a violent home invasion earlier this week.

The crime near N.W. 16th St. and Meridian sent both the victim and the suspect to the hospital.

Both suffered serious stab wounds in the scuffle.

"I told him to get out but he wouldn't, he wanted to fight," victim Johnny Hughes said.

The blood spots on the carpet show where Hughes wrestled with the suspect.

The thief stabbed Hughes in the leg with a kitchen knife, then grabbed a small metal decorative cannon and hit Hughes repeatedly in the head.

"Talk about seeing stars, I was in outer space," Hughes said. "He hit me over and over." 

Hughes grabbed one of his fireplace rods to defend himself but the accused attacker, Rodney Jarvis, wrestled that weapon away from Hughes as well.

"The guy was strong," he said. "Everything I did didn't have any effect."

Luckily for Hughes, the fight inside the home ended when he grabbed a knife and stabbed Jarvis in the ribs puncturing a lung.

"I thought it was my last day, I thought it was over," Hughes said. "I think he wanted to take my life, so I'm glad it ended as good as it did anyway."

Oklahoma City police said in this case Hughes clearly had every right to defend himself.

"He did absolutely nothing wrong," OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. "He was inside his house. If you feel your life is in danger, he was just defending himself."

The suspect remains in the hospital.

It's not his first run in with police.

He's been charged with three felony charges this year alone in Cleveland County ranging from burglary to drug possession.