Man Forced To Moonwalk At Gunpoint; John Cross Accused Of Demanding Michael Jackson Move

04/26/2012 08:46 am ET | Updated Jun 26, 2012

SANDPOINT, Idaho — An Idaho man has been charged with assault after authorities say he ordered another man to perform the "moonwalk" at gunpoint.

The Bonner County Daily Bee () reports 30-year-old John Ernest Cross was charged with the felony Tuesday in 1st District Court and appointed a public defender. http://bit.ly/IGAoPn

Police say they were called Monday to Cross' home in Clark Fork after getting a report that he pointed a rifle at another man and demanded that the man perform the dance move popularized by Michael Jackson in the 1980s.

Investigators accuse Cross of using a semiautomatic rifle during the episode, but Cross claimed during his initial court appearance this week that the firearm was simply a pellet gun.

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Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com

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