Exclusive video shows Steve Buscemi and man who allegedly punched him moments before random attack in NYC


Captured Video: Steve Buscemi moments before the sudden assault in NYC

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NEW YORK — A video which has been exclusively acquired by CBS New York captures actor Steve Buscemi unsuspectingly checking his phone briefly before he falls victim to what appears to be an unprovoked attack on the streets of New York City.

The incident, which occurred in Manhattan last week, is still under investigation, with Steve Buscemi’s representative confirming the event. Authorities continue their search for the assailant as of this Monday and are seeking assistance from the public to identify the individual involved.

Assailant Seemed to Be Muttering to Himself

The footage depicts Buscemi, known for his role in “Boardwalk Empire”, navigating the sidewalks of Third Avenue around noon on May 8. He appears to exchange pleasantries with a passerby just before he crosses East 27th Street.

Detectives report that a man clad in blue struck Buscemi with a blow shortly after he crossed the street.

In a shocking turn of events, an assailant assaulted a man without any apparent motive.

“It’s both surprising and sadly not out of the ordinary around here,” shared local resident Juliana Tronconi. “I’m often aware of such incidents happening close by.”

Additional exclusive footage reveals the attacker was muttering to himself while strolling on Third Avenue just prior to the incident.

A native of Brooklyn and one-time FDNY firefighter, the victim, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with injuries to his left eye including bruising, swelling, and lacerations.

Recent photographs depict the man’s face marked by injury. He opted not to speak on camera.

City Sees Yet Another Unprovoked Attack on a Pedestrian

The man, who had previously joined his old engine crew to assist at Ground Zero after 9/11 and was honored with the city’s keys in 2021, falls prey to the city’s spate of random violence.

A spokesperson for the victim confirmed that he is now yet another casualty of the city’s sporadic street violence.

“He’s doing alright and is thankful for everyone’s concern, though it’s a sad state for all who’ve encountered such violence just walking in New York,” stated the representative.

“It’s truly appalling. I myself was a victim not too long ago in this very vicinity,” revealed Kips Bay resident Richard Robbins. “Out of the blue, someone struck me from behind and I fell to the ground.”

Another individual expressed that such incidents mirror the caliber of leadership at both the city and national level. “They may apprehend you, but you’re back out by the next day or even the same afternoon. Why wouldn’t someone feel emboldened to attack someone, even someone as noteworthy as Steve Buscemi?”

Buscemi Joins List of Actors Facing Unprompted Aggression in NYC

A colleague from “Boardwalk Empire,” Michael Stuhbarg, also endured a random assault while jogging in the Upper East Side just this past March, with an arrest following the event.

In 2020, film actor Rick Moranis was the victim of a similar unprovoked attack on the Upper West Side. The alleged assailant in that incident was reportedly facing charges for a number of other offenses as well.

Those with any insights into the case involving Buscemi are urged to reach out to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips may also be submitted through their website or by direct messaging on Twitter via @NYPDTips. All communication is treated as confidential.

Lisa Rozner joined CBS2 in 2017 as a journalist.

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