Police on Saturday arrested a violent ex-con and charged him with randomly slugging actor Rick Moranis last month on the Upper West Side, The Post has learned.
A Transit Bureau sergeant spotted Marquis Ventura, 35, at 96th Street and Broadway on Saturday and made the arrest; investigators transported the West Village man to Central Booking Saturday night.
Images of Ventura’s masked face had been widely publicized in the month since the unprovoked, caught-on-video attack steps from the actor’s Central Park West apartment.
“Thanks to an eagle-eyed sergeant from @NYPDTransit, this suspect has been apprehended and charged,” the NYPD said in a tweet announcing the arrest in the Moranis beating.
“Huh?” an unblinking Ventura responded to a reporter’s question, as detectives led him in handcuffs from the 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ventura has a history of more than a dozen arrests, including five for felonies, the sources said.
His most recent arrest — for allegedly randomly pummeling a straphanger in the West 4th Street subway station — had been just two weeks after the attack on Moranis.
As with Moranis, that more recent victim, a 61-year-old man, was knocked to the ground.
When the victim’s pal tried to intervene, Ventura allegedly chomped down on the pal’s hand, and Ventura fled the station after a woman bystander thwacked him on the head with an umbrella, police said.The “Ghostbusters” star, 67, had been walking on Central Park West near West 70th street on his way to his nearby apartment when the stranger suddenly slugged him, knocking him to the ground.
Moranis suffered pain in his head, back and right hip as a result of the attack.
The disturbing, unprovoked attack was filmed by sidewalk surveillance cameras, and more images of the masked suspect were captured from additional cameras.
The Moranis attack is now the third open stranger-assault case against Ventura.
He remains charged in the Bronx with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a young woman in the face after asking her for money on a No. 5 train on April 13, according to law enforcement sources and public court records.
That victim, who was 23, told cops that Ventura displayed a large knife during the attack.