New Haven police have arrested Michael Mott, 34, of Oxford, Connecticut, for assaulting award-winning novelist Colum McCann, the Associated Press reports. Mott turned himself into the police on Monday evening and confessed to assaulting the National Book Award winner outside of the Study Hotel on June 28.
The Let the Great World Spin author was attending a conference at the The Study Hotel in New Haven. According to the New Haven Register, witnesses reported that McCann tried to help a woman, Mott’s wife, who was having an argument with Mott after the hotel staff told the couple that their credit card was declined. McCann offered Mott’s wife some assistance, but she declined, and McCann exited the hotel, said the police.
Mott then followed McCann outside and attacked him, according to police. Following the assault, McCann was treated for significant but not life-threatening facial injuries. The New Haven police charged Mott with assault and with family violence breach of peace for the dispute that occurred in the hotel lobby.