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Man with knife threatened to kill Michael Strahan as he left 'GMA' studios

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According to Fox News on Wednesday, a 25-year-old man was arrested in front of ABC's “Good Morning America” studios after he allegedly pulled out a knife on Tuesday. Andre Johnson showed up to the Times Square studio at about 8:00 a.m. when the cast of "Good Morning America" typically greets fans on the sidewalk. He later told police he went there to “kill Michael Strahan.” However, no reason was given.

A police source confirmed that a homeless man named Andre Johnson went to the entrance of ABC studios and demanded that security let him into the building. When he was denied entrance, he showed a knife. Then he attempted to stab the security guard. A representative for ABC said that a police officer on duty nearby quickly stepped in to help. Johnson was immediately taken into custody for psychiatric evaluation.

ABC later said in a statement that it is thankful for the quick actions of the New York Police Department who acted quickly and soon got the situation under control. He said that even though it was a scary situation Strahan was never in any danger. In fact, Strahan was not aware of the incident at the time and was only informed of it later Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson was arrested and charged with assault as a felony, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon Wednesday morning and is still in jail being held without bail. It was during his debriefing when he told police he was there to kill Michael Strahan, and not when he showed the knife earlier.

In addition to his "Live with Kelly and Michael" co-hosting duties, Strahan is also an anchor on ABC's "Good Morning America," appearing a couple of times a week. Strahan joined the cast of “Good Morning America” last April, and is also the co-host for the network’s “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” alongside Kelly Ripa. He leaves one assignment and goes to the other one. It was in between these two assignment that Johnson displayed his knife.

Strahan's representatives has not commented on the incident.


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