For months, police in New York City have been searching for the man who sucker-punched “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” actor Rick Moranis. The suspect, Marquis Ventura was spotted by transit officers in the subway near 72nd Street and Broadway, which is very close to where the attack occurred on October 1st at Central Park West near 70th Street, Sgt. Anwar Ishmael said.
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The man who punched Moranis was wearing an “I Love NY” sweatshirt in security video that was captured at the scene.
Ventura has a history of more than a dozen arrests, including five for felonies, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
His most recent arrest was for allegedly randomly pummeling a straphanger in the West 4th Street subway station, which was actually two weeks after the attack on Moranis.
67-year-old Moranis had to take himself to the hospital after the incident.
Moranis suffered pain in his head, back and right hip as a result of the attack, but he was doing fine shortly after.
“He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes,” spokesman Troy Bailey said after the attack became public.
Police said that Ventura arrested and charged with assault in the second degree.
After a nearly 23-year hiatus from live-action films, Moranis signed to appear in a new sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, called Shrunk.
In 1997, Moranis took a hiatus from working in the film industry.
He later explained that, “I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage to raise my kids and to do the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”