MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan — An expectant father is in a coma following an unprovoked attack in front of a Manhattan restaurant.
Shu Ng, 40, allegedly punched Arber Bruncaj, 42, in the face on Aug. 26, knocking him to the ground where hit hit his head, police said. Bruncaj underwent emergency surgery at Bellevue Hospital and is still in critical condition Friday.
Police arrested Ng on Tuesday at Forest Hills Hospital. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Police charged him with second-degree assault.
Ng, an actor who has played criminals on TV, has a real-life criminal record, sources said. He previously served time for a manslaughter conviction.
Bruncaj, who works as a resident manager at a Brooklyn condominium, according to his LinkedIn, was out having dinner with his pregnant wife at Empire Steak House just days before the couple’s second anniversary when he was attacked.
Paramedics rushed him to the hospital for emergency surgery during which doctors removed part of his skull, prosecutors said. His current status is “touch-and-go,” his cousin Faton Bruncaj wrote on a GoFundMe page.
“Right now he is in critical condition and we are hoping for survival,” Bruncaj wrote. “We almost certainly will be looking at some permanent damage and a very long and slow recovery.”
The campaign had raised nearly $59,000 as of early Friday afternoon. Funds raised will go toward hospital bills for Bruncaj. They’ll also be used to help support his wife Arieta, who is expected to give birth in February.
“We are all doing our best to make it through this pain but these tragic situations do not stop the grind of life,” his cousin wrote. “The hospital bills will come.”