Suspect arrested in attack on actor Rick Moranis


A New York man was arrested on Saturday in connection with an unprovoked assault on Rick Moranis that occurred while the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October.New York Police said Marquis Ventura, 35, was arrested on Saturday afternoon. It was not known if Ventura had retained the services of a lawyer who could comment.

Moranis, best known for his work in the 1980s comedy sketch series Second City Television and roles in films such as ghost hunters, Space balls and Honey, I cut the kids down, was walking on a sidewalk near Central Park on the morning of October 1 when he was attacked.

In a tweet, police said the suspect had been “apprehended and charged” because of the work of an “eagle-eyed sergeant”.

Video released earlier by police showed a man in a black “I (heart) NY” sweatshirt punching Moranis, knocking him to the ground.

Police did not identify Moranis at the time, but Moranis rep Troy Bailey confirmed the actor was attacked. The police called it a “random and unprovoked assault”.


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