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Police investigate late-night murder in Rochester

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- In the past 12 months, Rochester Police have investigated four homicides.  Early Saturday morning, they were on scene for a fifth. 

Police say a verbal fight between two women turned deadly when one stabbed the other in the neck.

Police say the two women did not like each other.

The verbal confrontation started in the parking lot in front of the Windy City Bar and Grill near Civic Center Drive, and it ended with one woman dead.

Police are calling it a homicide.

Around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, Rochester Police responded to an assault outside the Windy City Bar and Grill.

"As officers arrived there were cars leaving that parking lot they were leaving rather quickly. We later found out that our victim was being transported in one of those vehicles that was leaving," said Dan Muyres of the Rochester Police Department.

Police say the victim 28-year-old Ayeisha Bennett of Rochester was walking towards the bar with a friend, when she was confronted by 20-year-old Monica Jones of Owatonna. They got into a verbal argument and Jones stabbed Bennett at least one time in the neck.

"There was a knife found at the scene. It still remains to be seen whether or not that's the actual knife. We do believe it is. I would call it like a small steak knife with a serrated edge," said Muyres.

Police say someone drove Bennett to St. Mary's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"There is some bad blood between the victim and the suspect in the past. They don't like one another for some reason and that's one of the things we're still looking into," said Muyres.

And on Saturday morning, those running some weekend errands were curious.

"We were wondering if we could get in and get our nails done and we started walking up and were just like what happened," said Jessica Vandenheml.

She came to get a pedicure at nearby Magic Nails when she came upon the scene.

"It's strange, it's happening more and more in Rochester," said Vandenheml.

Danielle Marquette works at "Once Upon a Child." She thought the investigation was just a break-in at a nearby business.

"There's a lot of stuff happening in Rochester now, and it just keeps getting scarier and scarier," said Marquette.

This is Rochester's fifth homicide in the past 12 months.

"That's more than we're accustomed to. We did have a period there where we had none for a couple of years. It's hard to say if this is any kind of a trend or not," said Muyres.

Police say Jones was injured after the assault, possibly when witnesses were trying to restrain her.

She was treated at the hospital and then transported to the Olmsted County Jail.

Police say they would like to speak with those witnesses for more information.

An autopsy on the victim is still pending.

Police expect that charges will be filed on Monday.

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