A tenant facing eviction from his Brooklyn Park apartment beat his landlord nearly to death with an ax, according to criminal charges filed Thursday afternoon.

Samuel Omwunda Nyaboga, 45, has been charged with second degree attempted murder and second degree assault after he was accused of beating his landlord so severely on Tuesday that she remains in critical condition with the possibility of dying or having permanent brain damage.

According to the complaint:

A witness told police that the landlord had recently bought the building at 8441 Kentucky Court North and had started the process of evicting Nyaboga for not paying his rent. The witness said the landlord knocked on Nyaboga’s door on Tuesday, and when he opened it attacked her with an ax, hitting her in the head.

The landlord ran out of the building, but Nyaboga chased after her, then stopped and threatened to kill the witness with the ax. Nyaboga then ran after the landlord, caught her, then struck her multiple times with the ax in the head.

He went back into the building and said he “killed the lady.”

When police arrived they found the landlord laying in a pool of blood. She was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a skull fracture, a subdural hematoma, and multiple lacerations to her face and scalp.

Police arrested Nyaboga, and he remains in the Hennepin County jail.