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Manhattan attack suspect Steve Buscemi identified – NBC New York

The man identified as the suspect in an alleged stabbing attack on actor Steve Buscemi was last seen days ago at a Brooklyn shelter, according to two senior city officials with knowledge of the investigation .

Clifton Williams was seen May 11 at a men’s shelter on Clay Street in Greenpoint, city officials told NBC New York. Williams, 50, stayed at the shelter for three nights after the attack, officials said.

Williams has been staying in municipal shelters for several years. In April, he stayed at the Bellevue men’s shelter before being placed in Greenpoint.

He was identified Tuesday as the suspect in the May 8 attack on the “Boardwalk Empire” star in Kips Bay. Two NYPD sources said Buscemi was leaning against a wall around noon, texting on his phone, when a stranger came up and punched him in the face.

Emergency medical services were called to Third Avenue and East 28th Street where they picked up Buscemi and took him to Bellevue Hospital. Police said the actor was treated for bruising, swelling and bleeding to his left eye following the seemingly random attack.

The actor’s publicist confirmed details of the violent weekend incident, saying the 66-year-old is “doing well and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, although he is incredibly sad about everything the world that this happened while he was walking the streets of New York.”

In the days following the alleged attack, the New York Police Department released surveillance footage of the suspect in hopes of finding him. The search for Williams continues.

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Man wanted in attack on actor Steve Buscemi. ()

Buscemi, a former FDNY firefighter, is known for his roles in the films “Fargo” and “Reservoir Dogs,” and in the recent television series “Miracle Workers.” He was last seen on screen in the final season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which concluded its 12th season in April.

Buscemi was the second actor on the popular HBO television show “Boardwalk Empire” attacked this spring. Michael Stuhlbarg was hit in the head with a rock while walking near Central Park on March 31.

A homeless man, later identified as Xavier Israel, 27, was taken into custody in connection with the incident; he faces charges of assault and harassment. Israel is believed to be the same person who attacked a good Samaritan who gave him a coat in Manhattan more than two years ago.

A “Boardwalk Empire” actor is recovering from a stone to the head he randomly received while walking near Central Park Sunday night, authorities said.