- Strahan co-hosts ABC's Good Morning America
- Andre Johnson, 25, allegedly demanded to be let into the Times Square, New York City set and tried to stab a security guard about 8am Tuesday
- Johnson allegedly told cops he was there to 'kill Michael Strahan'
- Strahan, a former NFL player, didn't know the incident happened
A knife-wielding homeless man allegedly threatened to kill 'Good Morning America' co-host Michael Strahan yesterday.
Andre Johnson, 25, allegedly made threatening remarks about Strahan and tried to stab a security guard with a serrated knife near the show's Times Square, New York City set about 8am.
When questioned by police, Johnson said: 'I was there to kill Michael Strahan.'
Under attack: A homeless man allegedly threatened to kill 'Good Morning America' co-host Michael Strahan (pictured right with Lara Spencer on the set of 'Good Morning America' in New York in January 2013)
New York Daily News reported security staff told Johnson to leave when he first demanded to see Strahan but he returned later with a blade.
When he threatened security workers, a police officer working for the network knocked the knife from Johnson's hand, according to the New York Post.
Johnson was swiftly arrested and taken to the Midtown South police station where he allegedly told investigators he wanted to kill Strahan.
A studio source told The Post that Strahan, a former NFL star, was not in danger or aware of the incident until later in the afternoon. Members of the public were not affected.
'An individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer,' ABC News' Heather Riley told The Wrap.
'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.'
Scene: The suspect allegedly tried to get into ABC's 'Good Morning America' set in Times Square, New York City (pictured) about 8am Tuesday
It's not known why Johnson allegedly threatened Strahan.
Johnson was charged with attempted assault as a felony, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday night.
A clerk told The Post Johnson has several out-of-state warrants and was likely to be held without bail.
Good Morning America attracts dozens of tourists and fans seeking to catch a glimpse of the program broadcast live from Times Square on weekday mornings.
Strahan played defensive end for the New York Giants for 15 years until 2008 and will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.