Thomas Johnson played for the Aggies in 2012. After playing only 10 games for A&M he mysteriously disappeared for a few days and wasn’t seen until 3 days later. Perhaps this strange behavior was the beginning of Johnson’s demise and may be a glimpse as to what led him to commit this horrific crime. Authorities said Johnson admitted to detectives that he used a “large bladed knife” to kill an unidentified jogger.
According to police Johnson was angry. He allegedly took out that rage Monday morning by hacking a jogger to death with a “large-edged weapon” on the White Rock Creek Trail.
“It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin said. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”
Apparently Johnson walked away from the scene of the crime and asked a pedestrian to borrow their phone to call 911. Another call had also been made by another passerby who said he saw a man in a hoodie hit a jogger several times in the head with a sword. Johnson told 911 that there was a man on a trail “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”
When police arrived Johnson told an officer that he needed to speak with him. Johnson said “I just committed capital murder.”
A cyclist who claimed to have witnessed the attack described the scene to NBC DFW:
“As I get closer and closer I could tell it was a machete and there are repeated blows that are occurring. As I get closer, I could see what’s being hit is a person, laying face down on the ground,” Brandon said. “It was apparent to me by the time I got close that there was nothing that could be done for the person.”
Brandon said the killer yelled in his direction as he rode past the attack.
“I heard a little bit of a yell from behind. I assume it was the guy with the machete yelling to stop,” Brandon said. “I just kept going and I just kept going.”
Johnson has now been charged with murder.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, died at a nearby hospital. He is a white male between the ages of 25 and 35.