South SF Police – NBC Bay Space

A 46-year-old plumber was arrested on murder charges after police said he picked up a steel gymnastics bar at a Bally's Total Fitness and attacked another club member, punching him in the head “multiple times” before dropping the equipment and leaving the scene.

South San Francisco Sgt. Tom Neary told NBC Bay Area that around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Kenneth Osako picked up a steel bar similar to that of a lat pulldown machine and delivered a fatal blow to the other gym member.

The San Mateo County coroner identified the gym member as Diego Galindo, 43, of San Bruno.

Galindo was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died of his injuries Thursday, police said. Also on Thursday, a team of officers arrested Osako at a San Francisco plumbing construction site on Kansas Street after he agreed to surrender, Neary said.

It was unclear whether Osako was represented by an attorney. A legal representative for Bally's did not return a phone call Friday. Osako declined a request for an interview in prison.

Osako, whose mugshot shows a barbell piercing, was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on murder charges. He was not granted bail.

San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said Friday morning that her office did not yet have the police report and that Osako would not appear in court until Monday at the earliest.

Neary said investigators interviewed people to determine the motive and whether Osako and Galindo knew each other. There were several witnesses in the gym who saw parts of the attack, police said.

An employee of Galindo's at Carneceria Pepa said Galindo and Osako only knew each other casually, and he described Galindo as a friendly guy who liked cars and motorcycles.

The suspect's father, Kenneth Osako Sr., said his son was a good child. He showed NBC Bay Area his son's room, which was filled with various over-the-counter pill bottles and fitness supplements.

“I just hope he calls us and tells us what happened,” he said.

When asked if he would support his son either way, Kenneth Osako Sr. replied: “No, if he is guilty, he is guilty. I don’t support anyone who is wrong.”

On Friday, everything seemed to be business as usual at the gym at 180 El Camino Real. Some members didn't even know about the brutal attack less than 48 hours beforehand.

“My coach acted like nothing happened,” Carlos Sosa Jr. told NBC Bay Area.

NBC Bay Area originally misidentified the weapon as a barbell. Neary said Friday that the fitness machine was “a weapon of opportunity.”

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