Cops have arrested a 57-year-old man who shouted anti-gay slurs and attacked two men, who just happened to be the first gay couple married at West Point Military Academy, at an upscale SoHo deli in Manhattan earlier this month.
Thomas Clabough was charged with assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime after he allegedly punched Daniel Lennox-Choate, 30, and shouted homophobic slurs at him and his husband, Larry Lennox-Choate, in a deli on Spring St. near Thompson St. on Aug. 2, NYPD police said.
According to police, Clabough walked into the deli and began shouting homophobic slurs at the men. He then sucker punched the victim, according to a post on Larry’s Facebook account.
“It’s hard to believe that in 2015 we would have to deal with anti-gay hate crimes in soho of all places but that’s what happened today,” Larry Lennox-Choate III wrote on his Facebook page on Aug. 2.
He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is.
The hate crimes division of the NYPD is on the case and we have full faith a positive outcome will follow.
We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.
Larry celebrated the arrest on a Facebook post today:
It’s a good day for freedom. Justice is in the air and it smells damn good.
The victim, Daniel Lennox-Choate, 30, and his husband, Larry Lennox-Choate, married in 2013.
Dniel, an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran, suffered only minor injuries as a result of the attack. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel graduated West Point in 2007 and Larry, in 2009. The two married at their alma mater in 2013.
Clabough was awaiting arraignment Wednesday morning.