Arrest made in assault on author

Michael Mott.


New Haven, Conn. (WTNH)- New Haven Police have arrested an Oxford, CT man charging him with assaulting award winning novelist Colum McCann on 28 July, 2014 outside the Study Hotel, 1157 Chapel Street.

On Saturday, 28 June, at 10:16 PM, Officers and EMTs were called to the Study Hotel after a man was assaulted and injured by a man who punched him. Witness accounts suggest the victim had tried to assist a woman involved in a dispute in the hotel lobby. The woman’s companion later confessed he was the assailant Detectives were looking for.

The victim, 49 year old Colum McCann, of New York, was taken to Yale – New Haven Hospital where he was treated for significant facial injuries.

Detectives interviewed the victim and witnesses, leading them to the perpetrator, Michael Mott (11-4-1979), of 411 Chestnut Hill Road in Oxford, CT.

Mott confessed to assaulting McCann but declined to elaborate.

Detectives have learned Mott and his wife had checked into the Study Hotel earlier that day. The couple left for drinks and returned a few hours later. Hotel staff informed them the credit card Mott used did not have sufficient funds to pay for the room. It was reported this issue sparked a dispute between Mott and his wife. Apparently, Mr. McCann witnessed the dispute and asked Mott’s wife if she was alright or needed assistance. She indicated she’d be OK.

It was when Mr. McCann went outside that he was attacked. Mott’s punch caused McCann to loose consciousness.

A warrant based on probable cause was issued for Mott. On Monday evening, 7 July, 2014, Michael Mott turned himself in to Detectives at Police headquarters.

He has been charged with family violence breach of peace in the second degree for the altercation in the hotel lobby and assault in the second degree for his attack on Mr. McCann.


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