Hate crime arrest made in Davis attack

12:50 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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DAVIS, CA - A Davis man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing a hate crime and other offenses in an attack on a gay man last Sunday. He is now free on bail.

Mikey Partida, 32, suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at a Sacramento hospital. The assault took place on the 300 block of I Street in Davis a little before 4 a.m. as the victim left a house party, according to police.

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Arrested for the attack was 19-year-old Clayton Garzon. Police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said Garzon faces booking charges of assault causing great bodily injury, assault with deadly weapon, commission of a hate crime, stalking, commission of a felony while on release from custody and infliction of bodily injury during the commission of a felony.

Some people believe the suspect's bail should have been higher than $75,000, especially considering that he's been in trouble with the law before.

"I can't believe that a person could do something this brutal to another human being and be out on bail this fast," Partida's best friend Channon Cooper said.

Defense attorney Bill Portanova believes the suspect's $75,000 bail should have been substantially higher.

"The bail is too low," Portanova said. "It's a low amount of bail considering the severity of the injuries, that it was a hate crime, and that he was out on bail at the time of the offense."

Some of Garzon's neighbors said they can't believe the news. They said his parents are both doctors. His father has done extensive volunteer work with disaster relief efforts.

Soon after Garzon was released from jail Thursday afternoon, News10 knocked on the door of the suspect's home in Davis. He and his family were home, but they refused to answer.

Garzon's previous alleged offense was an incident in Solano County in September; five people were assaulted and stabbed. Garzon was arrested along with one other person. The motive for that attack is still unclear. According to documents from Solano County Superior Court, Garzon was scheduled to appear in court March 21. 

Garzon is now scheduled to go before a judge on April 12 to answer to hate crime and assault charges in connection with Sunday's incident.


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