Arrest Made in Steve Buscemi NYC Street Assault

Actor Steve Buscemi recovers after unexpected Manhattan assault.

by Nouman Rasool
Arrest Made in Steve Buscemi NYC Street Assault
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Very tragically, in a bruising but uncalled-for attack, popular actor Steve Buscemi was seriously injured. The incident happened very fast on May 8 in the busy neighborhood of Kips Bay, Manhattan, and must have shocked his fans because the actor was of paramount repute.

The 50-year-old attacker, whose name is Williams, was arrested by New York City police on the afternoon of May 19 and charged with second-degree assault. It was unclear as of Friday evening whether Williams had obtained an attorney.

Standing, leaning outside the park, talking on a telephone, according to police and other accounts, the star of such movies as "Fargo" and "Reservoir Dogs" had scarcely anticipated getting smacked in the face without warning.

From the assault, Steve Buscemi suffered bruises, swelling, and bleeding around the actor's left eye, according to police states.

Buscemi's Emotional Recovery

Despite the physical trauma, Steve Buscemi's publicist stated that the actor, while physically recovering, was profoundly saddened by the violent nature of the attack in what should have been the safety of his hometown streets.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety of public figures in the city. The arrest of Williams followed an intense search by the NYPD, who had released multiple photographs of the suspect and named him publicly on Wednesday preceding his capture.

This incident follows a troubling trend, as it comes after another attack this spring in which Steve Buscemi's "Boardwalk Empire" co-star Michael Stuhlbarg was assaulted near Central Park. Before he was a successful actor, Steve Buscemi had once been an FDNY firefighter, so lovable to the New York community.

The attacking of this actor who is well-reputed for his versatility and ordinary citizen charisma has caused a stir with fans and other residents of New York asking that he recover soon and that the city's streets are made safer for everyone.