Police investigating attack on Rick Moranis arrest man on suspicion of assault

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Police investigating an "unprovoked" attack on actor Rick Moranis have arrested a man on suspicion of assault.

The Ghostbusters star, 67, was punched in the head and knocked to the ground while walking close to New York City's Central Park last month.

Moranis was admitted to hospital for an evaluation but a representative for the star later insisted he was doing "fine".

Cops subsequently called the attack "random" and "unprovoked" as they launched an appeal for information.

Police in the Big Apple have now detained Marquis Ventura, 35, who is believed to be homeless, on suspicion of assault in the second degree.

Sgt. Anwar Ishmael of the NYPD said Ventura was detained on Saturday by transit officers in the subway system in Manhattan.

Rick Moranis was punched in the head on the street last month
(Image: FilmMagic)

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The force confirmed the arrest in a tweet which read: "Thanks to an eagle-eyed sergeant from @NYPDTransit, this suspect has been apprehended and charged."

The attack on Moranis was captured on CCTV.

In the footage, the actor is seen walking down the street when a man fires a punch at his head.

He is then seen lying on the ground as the attacker walks away.

CCTV footage showed an unidentified man attacking the star before walking away
(Image: Sky News)

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A spokesperson for Rick Moranis' reps said: "Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday.

"He is fine but grateful for everyone's thoughts and well wishes."

Moranis became a household name in the 1980s with roles in films such as Ghostbusters, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Little Shop of Horrors.

He lost his wife Ann Belsky to breast cancer in 1991 and later decided to step away from Hollywood to focus on raising his children.

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