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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A 30-year-old Clark Fork man is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly ordering another man to “moonwalk” at gunpoint.

John Ernest Cross is charged with aggravated assault. Judge Barbara Buchanan sustained Cross’ $20,000 bail on Tuesday and ordered a public defender to represent him. Cross was also barred from contacting the alleged victim in the case.

Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to Cross’ home on Mountain View Road on Monday, after receiving a report that he had been using drugs and pointed a rifle at another man while demanding that he execute the dance move.

Late singer Michael Jackson popularized the moonwalk dance move, although a slew of other entertainers — from Cab Calloway and Ronnie Hawkins to David Bowie and Dick Van Dyke — have been credited for using a variation of the move.

A probable cause affidavit describes the weapon Cross allegedly used as appearing to be an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

During his initial court appearance on Tuesday, Cross said it was an Airsoft pellet gun.

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  • notafan posted at 4:21 pm on Sat, Jun 30, 2012.

    notafan Posts: 1

    Way to go John Ernest. Your Mom, Dad and Mams must be so proud of you. Thank God your name-sake Grandfathers are no longer here to see your accomplishments. Who would have thought the cap you wore 20 years ago "SFB" would have turned out to be so True!

  • livinthelife posted at 7:36 am on Thu, May 3, 2012.

    livinthelife Posts: 2

    I agree with Sdpnt Wrkr, Cross is one of a kind and not in a good way, speaking from personal experience. Clark Fork is a beautiful area and there are a lot of really good people there, unfortunately it's these kind of numb nuts that over-ride it's reputation..........by making headline news???

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 7:52 am on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    Oh please Rhonda - everyone here knows you've had an axe to grind against Clark Fork for years now. I don't even live there and I remember hearing about your own exploits. Cross is a "one of a kind."

  • Rhonda posted at 7:59 pm on Tue, May 1, 2012.

    Rhonda Posts: 141

    I seen this on CNN.... I worked in Clark Fork (mostly on the weekends) for years. That town is a joke and everyone in it.

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 10:13 am on Tue, May 1, 2012.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    @youngone - And who would that be, Bunky?

  • livinthelife posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    livinthelife Posts: 2

    that douche is exactly where he belongs, three hots and a cot! [beam]

  • bigdan posted at 7:27 pm on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    bigdan Posts: 2784

    ...but why the moon walk? Why not another dance move? Is there some significance to the moon walk?

    I was down in California on business and saw this on the news...too funny...

  • ski2work posted at 8:35 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    ski2work Posts: 622

    Can't believe this actually made national news...go figure

  • Moe posted at 8:06 pm on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Moe Posts: 5

    Looks like the area needs some more entertainment options!

  • youngone posted at 6:38 pm on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    youngone Posts: 1

    My uncle isn't a psycho.....if you want to know who the psycho is in my family its the one that he pointed the gun at

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 5:10 pm on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    John Cross? No surprise there. They oughta lock that psycho up for good.

  • YoungA posted at 10:40 am on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    YoungA Posts: 1

    Did they check with Young Andy yet ?