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Video footage released by the New York Police Department shows a man punching Moranis in the head and knocking him to the floor while he was walking around the Upper West Side.
Here's the footage released by NYPD Crime Stoppers on Twitter:
:rotating_light:WANTED:rotating_light:for ASSAULT October 1, 2020 at 7:24 AM, on Central Park West in the vicinity of West 70 St Manhattan. @NYPD20PCT.Reward up to $2500:eyes:Seen him? Know who he is?:telephone_receiver:Call 1-800-577-TIPS or:calling:DM us!:telephone:Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! @YourCityYourCall @NYPDDetectives @nypdchiefofpatrol pic.twitter.com/s06yNPBUBk
- NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) October 2, 2020
In the footage released by police, Moranis can be seen walking down Central Park West near to 70th Street, when another man approaches and punches him to the floor.
The suspect, as of Friday morning (2 October), is still at large.
A statement from the NYPD reads: "The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of the unidentified male who is seen in the attached surveillance video and is being sought in connection with a random unprovoked assault which occurred within the confines of the 20 Precinct. Details are as follows:
"It was reported to police that on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 0724 hours, 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 the victim to the ground.
"The unidentified male then fled northbound on foot. The victim suffered from pain to the head, back, and right hip and travelled by private means to an area hospital for evaluation, before reporting the incident to police at the 20th Precinct."
The incident took place just yards from Moranis' apartment on the Upper West Side.
Ryan Reynolds, who recently appeared alongside Moranis in an advert for his mobile phone package company, tweeted support for his fellow Canadian.
He said: "Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020. Glad to hear he's okay."
Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020. Glad to hear he's okay.
- Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 2, 2020
The Toronto-born actor is best known for his performance in Ghostbusters in 1984, as well as Ghostbusters II, Spaceballs and Strange Brew.
He also appeared in films such as Little Shop of Horrors, before striking big again in the 1990s with the wildly popular Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series of kids films.
Since 1997, Moranis has lived a private life, retiring from the spotlight in order to spend more time with his family.
He has also released several country albums, including the Grammy nominated 2005 record 'The Agoraphobic Cowboy'.
He's thought to be coming out of hibernation to star in the forthcoming movie in the Honey, I Shrunk... franchise, reprising his role as Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk.
The film will follow the life of Wayne's son - played by Frozen star Josh Gad - as he follows in his eccentric scientist father's footsteps.
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