ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a man who was fatally assaulted last month in a St. Paul apartment building.
The St. Paul Police Department said Thursday that a 39-year-old man was arrested for murder and booked into the Ramsey County Jail. WCCO does not typically name suspects unless they’ve been formally charged.READ MORE: Texas Synagogue Attack Has Minnesota Temples On Alert: 'We Are All Part Of A Security Team Going Forward'
The man is suspected of killing 51-year-old Carlos Venceslado Rocha, who was found dead on Dec. 27 in an apartment building on Snelling Avenue in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.READ MORE: New Film Looks At Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1961 Mankato Visit: 'It Stuck With Them'
Investigators say that Rocha reported being assaulted by a neighbor in his apartment building a week earlier. While medics initially cleared Rocha out after assault, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner said that he later died due to injuries suffered in the attack.MORE NEWS: 'I Kind Of Knew It Was Coming': Students Sound Off On Return To Distance Learning
Rocha’s death marked the 38th homicide in St. Paul in 2021, a year which set the all-time record for homicides in the capital city.