DALLAS – Police say a former Texas A&M football star killed a jogger with a machete, and admitted to choosing the victim randomly.
Thomas Johnson, 21, has been charged with murder in Monday morning murder of the jogger, whose name has not been released. Police say after Johnson killed the victim, who was running along the tree-lined White Rock Creek Trail in Dallas, Johnson walked to the nearby equestrian center and called 911.
It was unclear whether he confessed to the dispatcher over the phone.
Police said the victim wasn’t carrying any identification. He’s described as a white male who could be in his mid 20’s or 30’s.
Johnson was once a rising football star. He was a high profile recruit from Dallas’s Skyline High School and became a celebrated wide receiver for Texas A&M. Johnson was considered by many to be the pride of the South Oak Cliff neighborhood where he grew up.
“Everyone was proud of him but you could tell after he lost everything that his whole life changed. He just went down,” said a one time neighbor.
In 2012, the then 18-year-old college freshman was reported missing. He resurfaced, but would never play football for Texas A&M again.
“I couldn’t understand him doing anything but trying to get himself back together,” said Anthony Billard, who watched Johnson grow up.
Johnson said he was angry, according to police, as he confessed to Monday morning’s heinous crime.
“He stated he was put out of his home. I don’t know for how long,” said Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin.