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Man gets angry on bus about Michael Jackson comment

As word of Michael Jackson’s death spread, one of his fans had a dangerous confrontation with a man enraged over a comment made on a Broward County Transit bus.

The bus was traveling in the City of North Lauderdale on June 25, near the intersection of Kimberly Boulevard and State Road 7, when 60-year-old James Kiernan, of Coral Springs,  received a text message about Michael Jackson’s death on his cell phone. The man read the message and announced the news to everyone on the bus. The bus driver commented on the news by saying Michael Jackson should have been in jail long ago. Kiernan followed that statement by saying “the world just lost a great musical talent,” which, for reasons unknown, enraged 54-year-old Henry Wideman, of North Lauderdale, who was occupying the seat in front of Kiernan. The man told Kiernan to “shut the —- up,” to which Kiernan replied “I can say whatever I want.”

Wideman proceeded to yell profanities at Kiernan, reached inside his front pocket, pulled out a 6” folding knife, stood up and began moving toward Kiernan. Afraid for his life, Kiernan stood up and walked backwards toward the rear of the bus as the suspect approached him continuing to berate him with threats and profanity.

Once aware of the situation, the bus driver notified his dispatcher of the situation and pulled the bus over just west of Rock Island Road on Kimberly Boulevard to wait for deputies to arrive. The suspect ran out of the bus with a knife and briefcase in hand, heading toward a nearby Quick Stop.

When deputies got on scene they arrested Wideman at the Quick Stop without incident.
As of this news release, Wideman remains at the Broward Sheriff’s Main Jail facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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