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Friday, 2 October 2020

Actor Rick Moranis Punched in Random Attack on Central Park West Caught On Camera

 Actor Rick Moranis Punched in Random Attack on Central Park West Caught On Camera




Rick Moranis, star of such motion pictures as Honey I Shrunk the Kids, was punched on Thursday morning in what police say was a ridiculous assault on Central Park West close to 70th Street. 

He was strolling south on CPW "when a unidentified male struck him in the head with a shut clench hand, thumping the casualty to the ground," police said. 

Police released the surveillance video below.

Actor Rick Moranis Punched in Random Attack on Central Park West Caught On Camera

The initial police release about the crime did not mention the victim, but CBS News and the Post reported it was Moranis. The actor went to the hospital and had pain in his head, back and right hip, police said. After going to the hospital he reported the incident to the 20th precinct.

Neighbors said he’s a very nice guy, and they were shocked to hear about the unprovoked attack.

“That why we moved here – to be safe,” said resident Jonathan Kurtin. “Everything’s been good, but I guess trying times. People do strange things, and they’re not always nice… You’ll be looking over your shoulder a lot more often.”

“I’m worried about the whole situation. I’m worried about the fact that everybody’s troubled and they’re so troubled there’s more crime,” a woman who lives in the same building as Moranis said.

She also left him a note.

“I said I was really sorry to hear about it. It must’ve been scary,” she said. “We were on the board together of this building. Nice guy. Really nice guy.”

Moranis has been off the big screen for years to focus on his children after his wife’s passing, but recently appeared in a Mint Mobile commercial with Ryan Reynolds.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS, or on Twitter @ NYPDTips.

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