D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment Of Man For Brutally Beating Teenager With Broomstick In Times Square

March 12, 2024

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. today announced the indictment of MICHAEL COLOME, 22, for his role in a brutal attack on a 17-year-old boy in Times Square, during which he repeatedly hit him with a broomstick. COLOME is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count each of Gang Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He is additionally charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. [1]

“As alleged, Michael Colome brutally attacked a teenage boy on a busy Times Square street,” said District Attorney Bragg. “We allege that he hit the boy so hard with a broomstick that it eventually broke in half from the repeated strikes. My thoughts are with the victim as he continues to recover from his injuries, and I wish him a speedy recovery.”  

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on February 22, 2024, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a group of more than 10 individuals began attacking a 17-year-old boy, near West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, over an ongoing dispute. As the group repeatedly kicked, punched and stomped the teenage boy’s body and head, COLOME approached, wearing a face mask and carrying a wooden broomstick. He used the broomstick to hit the teenage boy’s body multiple times.

As the teenage boy tried to flee, COLOME and the other individuals chased him down the street until a second group of more than 10 individuals blocked him and joined in the attack. When COLOME caught up to the teenage boy, he continued hitting him with the broomstick, which eventually broke in half as COLOME was hitting his back. He then punched the teenage boy multiple times.Over the course of the attacks, another individual allegedly stabbed the teenage boy in the back with a knife, causing serious injuries, including to his lung.

COLOME was arrested at the scene in possession of half of a broomstick and a kitchen knife.  

Assistant D.A. Misael Sanchez is handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Charles Whitt (Trial Bureau 60) and Andrew Warshawer (Deputy Chief of the Trial Division). Trial Preparation Assistant Justin Maye (Trial Bureau 60) is providing valuable assistance in this case.

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, especially Lieutenant John Pietanza and Detective Brittany Milan of the Midtown South Detective Squad and the members of the Midtown South Precinct.   


Defendant Information:
Queens, NY


  • Gang Assault in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count


[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.