Thomas Clabough was arrested on charges of assault-hate crimeand attempted assault-hate crime, police said Wednesday.
Larry Lennox-Choate posted on Facebook after the attack that he and his husband, Daniel Lennox-Choate were in the SOHO Newstand on Prince Street when the suspect sucker punched Daniel. Police said the suspect went to the the bodega to buy beer, and when inside, yelled gay slurs at the couple and assaulted them. He fled on a gray bicycle, police said.
“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,” Larry Lennox-Choate posted. “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,” Lennox-Choate wrote.
Larry Lennox-Choate posted a few days after the attack, calling on those who showed support after the attack to keep the momentum going.
"Instead of hashing it out in the comments section of a news article, reach out to your political representatives and call for zero tolerance policies that aim to make good on the promise that all men (and women, of course) actually are created equal in this country. Find an organization, either local or national, that takes up this cause and tries to stand up for every victim of this sort of heinous crime. Let's be the generation that says ENOUGH! There are hundreds of non-violent ways to send a clear message that this sort of behavior is intolerable and that we just won't take it any longer," he wrote.