New York police officers arrested a homeless man for attempted assault
and other charges on Tuesday after he showed up with a knife at the Times
Square studio where "Good Morning America" is shot. Reports
indicate that the man was threatening to kill Michael Strahan, co-host
of "LIVE! With Kelly and Michael," occasional guest on "Good
Morning America," and former defensive end for the New York Giants.
The man has been charged with felony attempted assault, menacing, and
criminal possession of a weapon.
Reports are unclear as to why the man attempted to
assault Strahan. What is known is that the man got into an argument with security,
during which he pulled the knife he was carrying and stated that he was
there to kill Strahan. A local police officer, who was also working security,
then allegedly subdued and disarmed the man. It is not known whether Strahan
was ever in any physical danger as a result of the attempted assault.
As for the alleged assailant, he is reportedly being held without bail.
Assault is considered a violent crime in Nevada, although it does not necessarily
require that anyone be physically injured as a result of the actions.
Violent crimes can be committed by just threat of use of force upon an
individual, as was the case with the attempted assault against Strahan.
Violent crimes also tend to carry serious penalties upon conviction, including
long prison sentences and hefty fines.
In Nevada, according to NRS 200.471, assault is described as "[u]nlawfully
attempting to use physical force against another person or intentionally
placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily
harm." This typically means that actual harm does not have to occur
for a person to be charged with assault.
Nevada goes on to enhance potential penalties for an assault conviction
based upon the victim of the violent crime. If the victim is a state or
government employee, a conviction for assault could be charged as a felony.
Furthermore, as was the case with the Strahan attempted assault, if a
deadly weapon is used an additional penalty can be imposed, increasing
the prison term and fine for an assault conviction.
It is important to remember that assault and battery, though oftentimes
charged together, are not the same crime. Battery, in Nevada, is a
violent crime that constitutes the actual use of force on the alleged victim. As was
the case for the alleged would-be attacker in the Strahan attempted assault,
since he did not actually cause harm to Strahan he was not charged with battery.
Given the severity of the sentencing structures for violent crimes, and
the nuances involved with a charge of assault and/or battery, it is important
that an individual charged with a violent crime contact an experienced
Las Vegas criminal attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Brown
Law Offices have experience handling cases involving violent crimes, and
can meet with you to discuss your options free of charge. Call our office
24/7 to arrange for your free consultation.