MANHATTAN — A man who hurled anti-gay slurs and sucker-punched a West Point grad standing with his husband in a SoHo bodega before being subdued by the military couple is under arrest, police said.
Thomas Clabough, 57, was arrested Tuesday at his Corona home without incident, police said — nine days after shouting anti-gay statements 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 harassing the couple, police said. 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.
Daniel Lennox-Choate refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
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.
Clabough has never been arrested before, police sources said.
NYPD detectives were tipped off on Aug. 5 that Clabough had been a doorman 15 years ago at a building on the Upper West Side, sources said. They were able to confirm with a witness that he had worked there for five years, and then matched a photo taken by the victims to Clabough's photo on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles, leading them to his home in Queens.
In another Facebook post a few days after the attack, Larry Lennox-Choate III said he and Daniel were grateful for an outpouring of "concern and support" from their family, friends and even strangers.
"We feel the love and it is overwhelming in the best possible way," he wrote. "Our inboxes are overflowing with kind words of encouragement and disbelief of what happened."
"It doesn't even have to be of the LGBTQ variety," he said in the post. "Unfortunately, hate comes in countless flavors and each of them stinks."
He ended his post with "an inspirational quote" — lyrics from the song "Survivor" by Destiny's Child.