The man suspected of sucker-punching Spaceballs’ star Rick Moranis in New York City last month was arrested on Saturday.
The New York Police Department tweeted that Officer Merlino and Sergeant Dennis of the 20th precinct spotted the homeless suspect 26 blocks North from where Moranis was attacked on the Upper West side.
Marquis Ventura, 35, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon by the transit officers and charged with second degree assault, for his seventh assault charge in 2020.
The Honey I Shrunk the Kids star was walking southbound on Central Park West on the morning of Oct. 1, when a man wearing a black “I Love NY” sweatshirt attacked him unprovoked. Security cameras caught the man striking the actor to the ground with a solid sucker-punch, then casually continuing to stroll down the street.
Moranis, 67, reportedly took himself to the hospital for hip, back, neck, and head pain following the knockdown hit, then reported the incident to police at a local precinct.
The following day, police released footage of the attack, asking for the public’s help identifying the assailant, and word spread the victim was the Little Shop of Horrors’ actor.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: On 10/1, at 7:24 AM, a 67-year-old male victim was walking southbound on Central Park West in the vicinity of West 70th Street, when an unidentified male struck him in the head with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. Have info? Call/DM @NYPDTips pic.twitter.com/ZvSUPjtVdp
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 2, 2020
Moranis received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities. Captain America’s Chris Evans tweeted his outrage, “My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis.” Fellow Marvel superhero, Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds posted, “Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020. Glad to hear he’s okay.”
My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis. https://t.co/VXBbTjdDwa
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 2, 2020
Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020. Glad to hear he’s okay.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 2, 2020
At the end of the week, Moranis’ rep Troy Bailey, released a statement that the actor was “fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
The 80’s A-lister retired from Hollywood at the height of a blockbuster comedy career to focus on raising his two children following the death of his wife. He will reprise his famous role as inventor Wayne Szalinski alongside comedian Josh Gad, in an upcoming Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ sequel.
If his accused attacker is found guilty, Ventura faces a two to seven-year prison sentence.