NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man was arrested Saturday in connection with an unprovoked assault against
Rick Moranis that occurred as the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October.
New York City police said 35-year-old Marquis Ventura, whom authorities listed as homeless, was arrested
Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t known if Ventura had retained an attorney who could comment.
Moranis, known for his work in the 1980s sketch comedy series "Second City Television" and
roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters," "Spaceballs" and "Honey I Shrunk the
Kids," was walking on a sidewalk near Central Park on the morning of Oct. 1 when he was attacked.
Video released by police showed a man wearing a black "I (heart) NY" sweatshirt hit Moranis
with a sucker punch and knock him to the ground.
Police didn’t identify Moranis at the time, but Moranis’s representative, Troy Bailey, confirmed the
actor had been attacked. Police characterized it as a "random, unprovoked assault."