A member of a Bally Total Fitness in South San Francisco was arrested on Thursday and is being held without bail after he was accused of killing another Bally member with a barbell in the club.
Kenneth Osako, 46, is in San Mateo (CA) County Jail, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. The victim, who was later identified as Diego Galindo, 43, died Thursday at San Francisco General Hospital, the newspaper reported.
According to a police report, the incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Osako got into a confrontation with the victim and "used a solid steel bar, normally used to lift weights, to strike the victim on his head several times." Osako, a plumber, reportedly dropped the barbell and left the scene. He was arrested by police and a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told San Francisco TV station NBC Bay Area that Galindo had asked Osako's girlfriend two days prior to the attack if she wanted a ride on his motorcycle. She declined the offer and told Osako about the invitation on Tuesday, Wagstaffe told the TV station.
Felipe Mendes, who works at the Bally club's front desk, told the Chronicle a maintenance worker saw the victim talking to a woman at the club before the attack occurred. From the Chronicle:
"I think he saw the other guy talking to her, flirting with her, and I think he got really angry, came up from behind and hit him in the head with a bar we use for tricep dips," Mendes said. Workers said the suspect "gets jealous a lot," he said. Both Osako and the victim are longtime members of the gym, said Mendes, who expressed shock at the attack.
"This came out of nowhere. I've never seen anything like this happen at the gym," Mendes said. "At first, I thought something fell on him, that he hurt himself. But then someone was telling me that he got hit in the back of the head."
NBC Bay Area reported it appeared business was usual Friday morning at the club and that some members were not aware of the attack.
"My trainer acted like nothing had happened," Carlos Sosa Jr. told the TV station.