NEW YORK – A man has been arrested after being accused of attacking actor Rick Moranis in Manhattan last month.
35-year-old Marquis Ventura has been charged with assault.
Police say Ventura was spotted by a sergeant in NYPD Transit. Authorities say Moranis suffered some pain to the head, back, and right hip in the assault.
The unlikely accused of assaulting Rick Moranis has been arrested in New York.
The New York Police Department informed Marquis Ventura, 35, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after being spotted by a NYPD Transit officer.
It wasn’t understandable if Ventura, whom authorities identified as homeless, had an attorney who could comment.
Moranis, 67, popular for his functions in “Ghostbusters” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” was walking near Central Park in Manhattan’s Upper West Side just before 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 when he was sucker-punched in the head by an unknown man.
Supervision video indicates a man wearing a black “I (heart) NY” sweatshirt and backpack knock Moranis to the ground in an unprovoked attack and flee on foot. Moranis moved to a police station to report the incident.
A suspect has been arrested for punching Rick Moranis, seen here on a red carpet in 2017.
“Rick Moranis was thrust on the Upper West Side yesterday,” Moranis’ representative Troy Bailey told USA TODAY in a statement after the assault.
“He is nice but happy for everyone’s feelings and well wishes.”
“The victim undergone from pain to the head, back, and right hip and traveled by private means to an area hospital for evaluation,” NYPD spokesperson Detective Sophia Mason told USA TODAY in an email.
Moranis attained an outpouring of love on social media from fans, including Chris Evans.
“My blood is boiling,” the “Captain America” star wrote. “Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis.”
Moranis, an Emmy winner, refunded to the screen in September in a new Mint Mobile commercial with Ryan Reynolds.
It was his initial screen acting gig in two decades, following beloved roles in “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986), “Spaceballs” (1987), “The Flintstones” (1994), and the “Ghostbusters” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchises. He also appeared in sketch comedy series “Second City Television” in the 1980s.
He has entered to star in a “Honey” sequel tagged “Shrunk,” co-starring Josh Gad (“Frozen”) as the adult son of Moranis’ scientist character, Wayne Szalinski.