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'I have a temper from hell': Minnesota man accused of throwing fatal punch during argument

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Source: Ramsey County; MEGA

Jan. 9 2022, Published 9:12 a.m. ET

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A homeless Minnesota man was charged with killing a man he reportedly punched during a fight, authorities said.

Phillip Charles Jones, aka “Gunner,” 39, was charged with unintentional second-degree murder in connection to the death of Carlos Venceslado Rocha, 51.

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Police responded to Rocha’s apartment twice in one week. They first went to the apartment on Dec. 20 on a report of Rocha being assaulted. Several days later, authorities followed up on a well-being check and found Rocha dead, according to the St. Paul Police.

Rocha's face was bloody and swollen during the first trip, but medics cleared him, according to the Associated Press.

A medical examiner determined Rocha bled to death from a cut in his mouth, according to the Associated Press.

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Jones was identified by neighbors and residents living in the apartment complex as the man who might have punched Rocha. According to police reports, Rocha asked Jones to move his things which were blocking the hallway and Jones responded in anger.

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When police asked about the fight, Jones reportedly said, “I have a temper from hell; I’m gonna be honest with you.”

Rocha’s mother reportedly told police that she was on the phone with her son before and after the altercation.

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She said her son told her on Dec. 23 that “some guy just punched me in the mouth” and that he was “bleeding a lot,” according to police documents. She called for a well-being check four days later after she could not reach her son.

The door was locked from the inside, and medics used an open window to get in to the apartment, according to WCCO 4 News.

Jones’ criminal history shows arrests for weapons possession in Michigan, according to the complaint. In Minnesota, he has convictions for receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct and four theft convictions.

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