Texas A&M star with a shot at NFL ‘hacks jogger to death with machete at random’

A 21-year-old who was an All-American in high school before leaving to play wide receiver at Texas A&M for the Aggies has been charged with murder for hacking a random jogger to death in Dallas.

Thomas Johnson killed the jogger with a machete on Monday morning along the White Rock Creek Trail and then called 911 to report the stabbing, said Dallas police Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin.

After Johnson, who last played for A&M in 2012 with Johnny Manziel at quarterback, was arrested, he told detectives he ‘was angry about a situation and he just picked somebody to murder.’

The jogger, who was not been identified at this time, was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and he died of injuries ‘consistent with a large-edged weapon’, NBC Dallas reported.

Deputy Sherwin said: ‘It appears that Mr Johnson picked this victim at random.

‘It’s absolutely random. He just attacked him. He told our homicide detectives that he was angry about a situation and he just picked somebody to murder.

‘I believe there’s more to that story. It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.’

A cyclist who was riding on the trail reported seeing the attack take place.

The witness said: ‘As I get closer and closer I could tell it was a machete and there are repeated blows that are occurring.

‘It was apparent to me by the time I got close that there was nothing that could be done for the person.’

The A&M dropout was on probation after being charged with evading arrest, burglary and auto theft last year, but his probation was at risk because of marijuana use, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He mysteriously left the Aggies after making three catches for 22 yards in A&M’s 29-24 win against No 1 Alabama in 2012, but was located back in his hometown of Dallas after a 48-hour search.

During the bizarre incident, Johnson vanished one hour before A&M was set to practice and the college listed him as ‘missing’ on the front of its website, My San Antonio reported.

Police found him wandering the street around 3am and he never returned to college or the football field – or said why.

One of his teammates, running back Tra Carson, said: ‘When Thomas disappeared – that was shocking,

‘I didn’t know what was going on at the time, and to this day, I don’t really know what happened.’

Johnson ended up withdrawing from school following a productive freshman season where he caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown over the course of ten games, ESPN reported. 

In addition to Manziel, the 2012 squad also boasted NFL talents Mike Evans and Christine Michael.

The wideout was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Dallas Skyline High School and was ranked as the No 3 receiver in the US when he signed with A&M after first committing to play for Texas.

Police said the murder involving Johnson is not connected to the killing on an 18-year-old girl who was found dead in a minivan in a creek near the trail about a half hour after the jogger was found.

Source: The DailyMail

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