NEW YORK CITY: Suspect Charged With Hate Crime In Attack On Married West Point Grads

NBC News reports:

Police say a Queens man has been arrested in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple at a Manhattan bodega. Thomas Clabough was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and attempted assault as a hate crime in the attack in the store in SoHo on Aug. 2. The victims were Daniel Lennox-Choate and his husband, Larry, the first gay couple to be married at West Point. The married couple was attacked after suspect entered the Prince Street shop to purchase a beer. They say he shouted anti-gay slurs at the two men and then punched Daniel Lennox-Choate in the face. The suspect then fled on a bike.

More from the Daily News:

Police say Clabough walked into the deli and started screaming homophobic slurs at the men. He then blindsided the victim, according to a post on Larry’s Facebook account. The post said the man “screamed anti-gay obscenities at us in a bodega before sucker-punching Danny.” That’s when Larry took action. “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 Facebook post said about Clabough. Daniel, an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran, suffered only minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene. “Aside from one fat lip and a sore punching arm, we are fine,” the post said.

Clabough is currently in the Tombs awaiting arraignment. It’s not clear how he was identified.