Michael Strahan Threatened With Knife by Homeless Man in Studio, Andre Johnson Arrested

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By Daniel Distant , Christian Post Reporter
July 3, 2014|9:20 am
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Michael Strahan, the co-host of "Live! With Kelly and Michael" and a contributor on "Good Morning America" was the victim of death threats from a homeless man Tuesday morning. Andre Johnson, 25, was arrested by NYPD before gaining access to ABC Studios in New York City's Times Square, and he told authorities he was there to "kill Michael Strahan."

Michael Strahan was in the studio when Johnson attempted to gain access to the building, NYPD told TheWrap. An ABC studio security guard stopped the homeless man, but then Johnson pulled out a knife and tried to stab him. Soon after, police showed up and got involved in the incident.

"There was an incident in Times Square," Heather Riley of ABC News confirmed. "An individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer. We understand the man was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control.

"Michael was never in any danger," she added.

Once Johnson was arrested, he admitted to police that he had gone to the studio to "kill Michael Strahan," although "when he displayed the knife he did not say that," a police source told Fox411.

The homeless man was charged with multiple counts of attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, according to reports.

Strahan, the retired football player and television personality, was not informed of the death threat incident until later on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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