Miami-Dade County

Homestead man charged with murdering man he punched

Enrique Mencia Ponce, 32, confessed to fighting the victim, punching him in the face and choking him, according to police. He is accused of second-degree murder.
Enrique Mencia Ponce, 32, confessed to fighting the victim, punching him in the face and choking him, according to police. He is accused of second-degree murder. Miami Dade Corrections

A Homestead man was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder of a man he told police he punched and choked.

City of Miami Fire Rescue arrived at the apartment, in the 1300 block of Southwest Fourth Avenue, on Sunday afternoon and found a dead body with facial injuries.

Enrique Mencia Ponce, 32, confessed to fighting the victim, punching him in the face and choking him.

The address where officers found the body is listed as Ponce’s home. In 2013, Ponce pleaded guilty to burglary with assault, records show. In 2010, he was found guilty of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Ponce is being held in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with a $10,000 bond, records show. The jail’s website shows he’s been charged with 48 counts of drug posession and 20 counts of posession with intent to sell.

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