TX: Man Pummeled to Death at Train Station

A Cibolo resident beat another man to death at an Amtrak station east of downtown last week, according to police.

Two passengers waiting for the next train told police they saw Michael Joseph Fobbs Jr., 21, pacing back and forth angrily just before 11 p.m. Thursday. The witnesses reported Fobbs gave them "an angry look" several times, prompting one to ask Fobbs if there was a problem.

Fobbs walked away and then entered and exited the waiting area several times, still apparently angry, the witnesses told police. When he went outside the third time, he started pummeling a man, 56, who had been sitting on a bench, according to police.

A witness said the man on the bench "was just sitting there" when Fobbs began punching him. Authorities have not yet released his identity, pending notification of next of kin.

Fobbs then came inside with his shirt covered in blood, calmly got a shirt from inside his luggage and apparently changed in the bathroom, the witness said. Others at the station said they feared for their safety because of Fobbs' behavior, which had become "calm and detached." The man on the bench was pronounced dead just after 11:30 p.m.

San Antonio police officers arrived and reported Fobbs was "very calm and was cooperative, but appeared void of expression and emotion." Fobbs told police he felt threatened by the man on the bench, but that the man had done "nothing" to make him feel that way.

Fobbs then said that he hit the man first so the man would not have a chance to hurt him.

Police wrote in a report that Fobbs "did not appear to be in a normal state of mind, and appeared detached from the incident that just happened." Fobbs told police he did not have any mental disabilities.

He was charged with murder. Bail was set at $150,000.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari did not say if Fobbs or the man who died were passengers. But in an emailed statement, Magliari wrote that "information about individual travel plans has been given to the police as we assist in their investigation."

According to the Amtrak website, the Sunset Limit train, which runs east and west, arrives at the station at 4:50 a.m. on Fridays and departs a few hours later, at 6:25 a.m. The Texas Eagle route, which travels north and south, arrives at the station at 4:05 a.m. on Fridays and leaves at 7 a.m.

The westbound Texas Eagle train stops at the station at 9:55 p.m. every day.

Surveillance video at the train station captured the incident, according to SAPD.

Staff Writer Drew Joseph contributed to this report.

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