Novelist Assaulted in New Haven: Cops

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    A New York novelist was assaulted at the Study Hotel in New Haven on Saturday night and police are searching for the assailant.

    A New York novelist was assaulted at the Study Hotel in New Haven on Saturday night and police are searching for the assailant.

    Witnesses told police that the writer, Colum McCann, 49, might have been trying to help a woman who was involved in a dispute when a man punched him on June 28.

    Police believe the man who attacked McCann was with the woman McCann was trying to help.

    Police and EMTs responded to 1157 Chapel Street at 10:16 p.m. and McCann was taken to Yale–New Haven Hospital to be treated for what police called non-life threatening facial injuries.

    McCann spoke with detectives and has been released from the hospital.

    McCann, who has won the National Book Award and several other awards, is the author of six novels.

    He was also nominated for an Oscar, according to his Web site.

    olice said they have significant leads in this case and are hope to make an arrest soon.

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