Homeless man accused of randomly punching Steve Buscemi despatched to jail on $50K bail

Homeless man accused of randomly punching Steve Buscemi despatched to jail on $50K bail

The homeless attacker who slugged “Boardwalk Empire” actor Steve Buscemi within the eye was despatched to jail on $50,000 money bail at his arraignment Saturday, court docket information present.

Clifton Williams has been accused of strolling as much as Buscemi, 66, on Third Avenue in Kips Bay at 11:39 a.m. Could 8 and randomly punching the actor, earlier than casually strolling away.

Buscemi fell to the bottom and suffered “bleeding to his eye, swelling, bruising, and substantial ache,” in line with a felony grievance filed in opposition to Williams.

Clifton Williams is led out of the thirteenth Pct in Manhattan Friday, Could 17, 2024, after his arrest for punching actor Steve Buscemi in an unprovoked assault. Robert Mecea

Williams, 50, was hit with a felony depend of second-degree assault as a result of Buscemi is over 65. 

He was additionally charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a 22-year-old Asian man 10 minutes earlier than attacking the “Fargo” star.

The suspect has “important felony historical past in each Kentucky and Florida spanning  a few years together with assaults and different crime of violence,” Manhattan Assistant District Lawyer Elizabeth Barry mentioned through the continuing in Manhattan Felony Court docket.

Wiliams “has been in New York for lower than a month,” she added, requesting $100,000 bail.

Williams, 50, confronted costs Saturday for allegedly slugging the actor. Kevin C. Downs for NY Put up

Choose Marisol Martinez Alonso despatched Williams, who stands 6-feet, 2-inches and weighs 197-pounds, to Rikers Island jail on $50,000 money or $150,000 bond, court docket information present.

The NYPD recognized him from surveillance footage close to the location of the assault and had been scouring the town for him, together with at a Brooklyn homeless shelter believed to be his final identified deal with, regulation enforcement sources mentioned.

When cops confronted Williams with the surveillance photograph, he admitted he was the person within the photograph and copped to each assaults, in line with the felony grievance.

Actor Steve Buscemi was slugged within the eye whereas strolling in Manhattan. FilmMagic

Williams, clad in black denims, a black lengthy sleeve sweat shirt and grey excessive high footwear, mentioned “Sure, Your Honor” in a loud and clear voice throughout his court docket look.

Along with the 2 Could 8 assaults, one other man claimed to the The Put up that Williams tried to punch him and threatened to kill him round 12:30 Friday, the identical day he was arrested,

Plumber Mark Belli mentioned the encounter occurred at 260 eleventh Avenue, the place Belli works.

The NYPD did a citywide seek for Clifton Williams after they discovered surveillance photographs of him. Obtained by the NY Put up

“He threw a punch at me,” the 54-year-old mentioned. “I ducked it. He went to kick me and his shoe got here off. I took an image of him as a result of he was chasing me. He mentioned, ‘If I catch you, I’m going to kill you.’”

Belli mentioned Williams has been dwelling in a cardboard field proper across the nook from the constructing and that he was indignant somebody took his field.

Belli, whose account couldn’t be instantly confirmed, believes the town took it whereas doing a sweep of homeless folks.

He mentioned he snapped a photograph of Williams and referred to as 911 to report the harassment and was informed to file a report, which he intends to do.

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