A 22-year-old Omaha man has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a former college football teammate 42 times during an apparent drug-related argument earlier this month, according to an arrest warrant.
Joshua Johnson originally met the 21-year-old victim at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where they played football.
The victim told police days after he was stabbed that he fronted Johnson a quarter-pound of marijuana about a month and a half ago and told him to pay back the $350 when he could, the warrant says.
They agreed to meet in Lincoln on March 3 at Stadium Walk Apartments in the North Bottoms. When the victim parked, the warrant says, Johnson got inside his car, pulled out a folding knife and stabbed him once in the right rib cage.
The man was able to get his seat belt off, but Johnson allegedly shouted, “You’re gonna die today,” and stabbed him in the center of his chest. He was also stabbed in his back and in a hamstring as he got out of the vehicle. He was stabbed 38 more times when he was lying on the ground, the warrant says.
Johnson was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Kansas City about 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lincoln police. They are coordinating his return to Lincoln, Officer Katie Flood said.
Prosecutors charged Johnson on Friday with first-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Johnson was on the UNK football team in 2014 as a redshirt freshman, according to university spokeswoman Kelly Bartling. The victim was also on the 2014 team, but didn't return after that season.
Court documents say Johnson had been recently kicked off the team.