Dallas police say a former college football player hacked a jogger to death in a Dallas park Monday morning in what authorities said appeared to be a random attack.
Police told KDFW that Thomas Johnson, 21, had admitted to carrying out the attack along the White Rock Creek Trail, and even called to report the crime shortly after it happened. Investigators said Johnson had recently been kicked out of his home and was full of rage.
“He was angry about his situation,” Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told reporters. “It’s very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”
Police said Johnson used a “large-edged weapon” to carry out the attack, which took place just after 8 a.m. local time. The victim was not carrying identification, and is described as a white man in either his late-20s or early-30s.
The trail, located north of downtown Dallas, is a popular spot for joggers and bikers.
“You could tell it was a machete coming down,” a witness told KDFW. “On what, I wasn’t sure at first, but when I got closer I could tell it was a body. And he was repeatedly hitting it in the back of the neck.”