By Darrell Smith
Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating of a Davis man that investigators are calling a hate crime.
Clayton Garzon, 19, of Davis was arrested by Davis officers Thursday without incident, department officials announced. He faces allegations of assault causing great bodily injury, committing a hate crime, assault with a deadly weapon, stalking, inflicting bodily injury during commission of a felony and committing a felony while on release from custody. He will be booked at Yolo County Jail in Woodland on the allegations.
Garzon is accused in an early morning attack Sunday on Lawrence "Mikey" Partida, 32, of Davis. Partida had just left a house party and was near 3rd and I streets about 3:50 a.m. when he was jumped and severely beaten, rendering him unconscious with major injuries, police said. Partida was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he remains hospitalized.
Witnesses said they heard anti-gay slurs directed at Partida before and after the attack.
Friends, supporters, customers and colleagues at the Davis Food Co-op, where Partida has been a longtime employee, have rallied around Partida.
"It boggles the mind. This man is such a decent, kind-hearted person. People are in overwhelming, 100 percent agreement that this does not represent this town and they are eager to share their outrage," said Lis Harvey, a Davis Food Co-op spokeswoman Thursday afternoon. "My strong hope is that there is an arrest soon, if it's not already happened."
Minutes later, Davis police had made an arrest.
Garzon, already facing felony charges in neighboring Solano County, was on release from Solano County custody when he was arrested, Davis police said.