Man Stabbed While Working Out at Local Gym

A 69-year-old man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing another individual at an LA Fitness gym in north Austin, Texas. The incident occurred on Friday, resulting in the victim sustaining a severe laceration to the left buttock that required medical attention, including staples and a blood transfusion. This marks the latest in a string of violent altercations at fitness centers, raising concerns about security and personal safety at these establishments.

According to court documents, the suspect, identified as John David Makinson, engaged in a dispute with the victim over the use of a leg press machine. Witnesses reported that Makinson, armed with a 4 to 6-inch folding knife, stabbed the victim and subsequently chased him through the locker room. Intense fear rippled through the gym as Makinson threatened others after the assault. Thankfully, the victim’s injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening.

Makinson’s criminal history reveals a previous conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2021. His latest arrest has resulted in a new second-degree felony charge. Authorities swiftly detained Makinson near the gym shortly after the incident. He is currently being held at the Travis County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

As news of this incident spreads, questions arise about the safety measures in place at fitness centers across the country. This incident serves as a stark reminder that disagreements over workout equipment can quickly escalate into dangerous altercations. The need for enhanced security protocols and conflict resolution methods within these facilities becomes increasingly apparent.

The gym where the incident occurred, LA Fitness, has not released a statement regarding the incident or their plans for improving safety measures. However, this incident underscores the importance of vigilance and maintaining a peaceful and respectful environment in shared spaces such as gyms.