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Investigators search for NY bias attack suspect

Investigators search for NY bias attack suspect
Police have released this grainy photograph of the suspect.
Police have released this grainy photograph of the suspect.

NEW YORK — Investigators are searching for a suspect in the bias attack on the first gay couple to be married at West Point, police said Tuesday.

Daniel Lennox-Choate, 30, and his husband, Larry, were shopping Sunday at a SoHo newsstand when they encountered the man, authorities said. He began shouting anti-gay slurs at the couple and then punched Daniel Lennox-Choate in the face.

The man fled on a bike, and the couple called police. Daniel Lennox-Choate refused medical attention.

“It’s hard to believe that in 2015 we would have to deal with anti-gay hate crimes in SoHo of all places,” Larry Lennox-Choate wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. “The hate crimes division of the NYPD is on the case and we have full faith a positive outcome will follow.”

No arrests have been made. Police issued a photo of the suspect wearing a white T-shirt and holding a black backpack. Investigators are searching for more information on what transpired.

Daniel Lennox-Choate graduated from West Point in 2007, and his husband graduated two years later. The pair did not know each other as cadets but met later through a mutual friend.

They were married in 2013 at the landmark Gothic chapel at the Hudson Valley academy.

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