Thomas Johnson tells Dallas police he was angry Monday morning when he picked a jogger at random in a popular Northeast Dallas park and attacked him with a “large-edged weapon,” killing him.
“It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Dallas Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”
Police said they found Johnson after he walked to a nearby equestrian center and called 911.
Johnson played for A&M in 2012 when he was a freshman. He was considered the top receiver in Texas and was No. 6 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits.
After initially committing to Texas, he became a member of coach Kevin Sumlin’s first recruiting class at A&M. Through 10 games, Johnson had been living up to the recruiting hype. He had 30 catches, including three in an upset of top-ranked Alabama, one of the biggest victories in Aggie history. Then two days after the victory over the Crimson Tide, Johnson disappeared. He never showed up for practice. Texas A&M police issued a missing persons report for Johnson.
He was found in Dallas, his hometown, later in the week. A&M fans had used social media to circulate the phone number of the A&M police department to help find Johnson. But once Johnson resurfaced, he left the team.
The Morning News said Johnson was charged with three crimes a year ago: evading arrest, burglary of a habitation and auto theft.