Homophobe Who Attacked Married Gay West Point Grads Finally Arrested in NYC
A man who hurled anti-gay slurs and sucker-punched a West Point grad standing with his husband earlier this month in a SoHo bodega before being subdued by the military couple is under arrest, police said.
Thomas Clabough, 57 (right), was arrested Tuesday at his home in Corona without incident — nine days after shouting anti-gay slurs at Larry Lennox-Choate III and Daniel Lennox-Choate, who were the first same-sex couple to be married at their alma mater in 2013.
Clabough entered the bodega at 186 Prince St. to buy beer about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 when he began intimidating and harassing the couple. He then sucker-punched Daniel, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, prompting his husband to swing back, the couple said.
“The attacker 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,” Larry Lennox-Choate III wrote in a Facebook post.
“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,” he added, referring to West Point’s freshman boxing course.
Clabough is expected to be arraigned on charges of assault in the third degree as a hate crime and aggravated harrassment in the second degree as a hate crime, police sources said.