Suspect arrested in random attack on actor Steve Buscemi in New York City

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

KIPS BAY, Manhattan — Police have arrested the man wanted after actor Steve Buscemi was punched in the face during a random attack in New York City.

The New York Police Department identified the man earlier this week as 50-year-old Clifton Williams. He was taken into custody by police officers in Chelsea on Friday.

The officers were responding to a harassment call of a man yelling at people outside 260 11th Avenue in Manhattan just after 12:40 p.m.

Buscemi, a 66-year-old Brooklyn native and current Manhattan resident, was slugged in the face while he was walking on Third Avenue near 27th Street a week and a half ago.

Witnesses say Buscemi ran after his attacker.

Buscemi was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for bruising, swelling and bleeding to his left eye.

On Sunday night, his publicist released a statement saying in part,

“He is ok and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this happened while also walking the streets of New York.”

Buscemi’s “Boardwalk Empire” co-star Michael Stuhlbarg was hit in the back of the neck with a rock while walking in Manhattan’s Central Park on March 31. Stuhlbarg chased his attacker, who was taken into custody outside the park.

Some information from the Associated Press.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.