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Michael Strahan attack: Homeless man had hoped to kill star in incident

A homeless man showed up at “Good Morning America” threatening to kill Michael Strahan. The man, Andre Johnson, is now being held pending a psychiatric evaluation. The New York Daily News shared the details on Wednesday.

A homeless man tried to attack Michael Strahan this week
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Johnson, 25, apparently first showed up at “GMA” demanding to see the former New York Giant, current co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael” and new “Good Morning America” team member. The homeless man was sent away, but soon he came back with a knife. He allegedly lunged at a security guard and then a police officer tackled him.

A source reveals that during the incident, Johnson said, “I was there to kill Michael Strahan.” Luckily he never got anywhere near the star, and the senior vice president of ABC News praised the quick action of the police officer who arrested the homeless man. He said, “We are incredibly indebted to the heroic and fast-acting police officer who swiftly took down the suspect in Times Square.”

CBS Sports notes that Strahan was never in danger, and it seems he wasn't even aware of the incident until later in the day. In fact, it also seems that the “GMA” audience for the most part wasn't aware of the incident either because the officer was able to get things under control so quickly. Luckily nobody was injured in the very public attack.

Andre Johnson is now facing charges of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted assault of a felony. Many would guess, however, that the psychiatric evaluation will uncover some issues on this one. It doesn't appear that Michael Strahan has made any reference to the incident on his Twitter page, and it sounds like he's taking it all in stride.