This is why it’s a good idea not to play hero and intervene in a domestic dispute:
A Connecticut man who assaulted acclaimed Irish author Colum McCann last month outside a hotel after the author tried to help the man’s wife following a domestic dispute has been charged.
Michael Mott, 34, of Oxford was charged with assault in the June 28 incident outside the Study Hotel in New Haven.
Mott confessed to assaulting McCann, 49, and turned himself in Monday evening, police said. They declined to elaborate.
McCann, the author of ‘Let the Great World Spin,’ was treated for significant facial injuries at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Witnesses suggested McCann had tried to help a woman who was involved in a dispute in the hotel lobby, police said.
Police said Mott had a dispute with his wife after hotel staff told the couple the credit card Mott used didn’t have sufficient funds to pay for the room.
‘What we believe happened is that the victim tried to intercede in what appeared to be a domestic dispute between a man and a woman,’ Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso told the New Haven Independent last week. ‘He saw a woman pushed to the ground. He tried to assist the woman.
‘He asked the woman if she wanted him to call the police. He urged her to do so. She said she didn’t want to call the police. The guy said, ‘It’s your decision.’ He turned around, began to walk away, and he was assaulted.’
McCann went outside where he was attacked, police said. Police say Mott punched McCann, who lost consciousness.
She didn’t want help – from him, or police.
All his interfering did, was result in him getting assaulted himself.
A lesson, in that, for would-be ‘heroes’ seeking to assist a ‘damsel in distress’.