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Arrest In SoHo Attack On 1st Gay Couple Married At West Point

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A Queens man has been arrested in connection with a bias attack in lower Manhattan against the first gay couple to be married at West Point, police said Wednesday.

Thomas Clabough of Queens was arrested and charged with assault and attempted assault as a hate crime, police said.

The incident happened on Aug. 2 at a SoHo food store while Daniel and Larry Lennox-Choate were shopping.

Police said Clabough walked into the store to buy beer when he began shouting anti-gay obscenities at the couple and then punched Daniel Lennox-Choate in the face. He fled on a bicycle after Larry Lennox-Choate said he intervened.

Daniel Lennox-Choate suffered minor injuries to his mouth and refused medical attention.

In a post on his Facebook page, Larry Lennox-Choate said it's difficult to believe that in 2015 they have to deal with anti-gay hate "in SoHo of all places.''

Police had previously released a picture of the suspect.

Daniel Lennox-Choate graduated from West Point in 2007, and his husband graduated two years later. They married in 2013.

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