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Suspect in Davis alleged hate crime beating pleads not guilty

WOODLAND, CA - A Davis man facing hate crime allegations in an attack on a gay man is back behind bars.

Clayton Garzon, 20, has been charged with assault with a hate crime enhancement in a March 10 beating on 32-year-old Mikey Partida. Garzon allegedly used a slur for gays that begins with the letter "F" during the attack. 

STORY: Davis police arrest man in alleged hate crime attack

Garzon's attorney says her client is not a hateful man.

Davis hate crime victim out of hospital; new suspect info

DAVIS, CA - The man accused of hate crimes in the March 10 homophobic beating in Davis went before a judge Tuesday to answer to charges. The Yolo County District Attorney wanted to increase the man's bail from $75,000 to half a million dollars.

Court documents show that the DA pushed to increase Clayton Garzon's bail, claiming that he is, "an extreme danger to the community."

The DA claimed the original bail didn't take into account that it was a possible hate crime and that Garzon has a previous record. He's accused of being involved in a stabbing attack in Dixon last September.

Garzon's defense attorney responded to the "hate crime" allegations. Court documents state, "Mr. Garzon has many family members and friends that are members of the LGTB community."

Vallejo standoff ends after suspect is found dead

VALLEJO, CA (AP) - Vallejo police say a standoff with an armed man ended after officers entered the home and the suspect was found dead.

Officials say the suspect had barricaded himself inside the Vallejo home after police were called by neighbors around 11:36 a.m. Wednesday saying that a man was pointing a rifle or shotgun at people on the street.

Vallejo Police Lt. Lee Horton says after officers later surrounded the home, the man jammed his shotgun through a window and extended it at the officers on the street.

When several officers opened fire at the suspect, the suspect disappeared out of view and back into the residence.

Horton says as SWAT teams were getting ready to send a robot into the home they saw the suspect on the floor.

Officers found a shotgun next to the man, but police did not say if he died from a self-inflicted wound

Woodland man suspected of stabbing sleeping wife

WOODLAND, Calif. - A Woodland man was arrested Wednesday morning after his wife was stabbed in the chest while sleeping beside her 9-year-old daughter.

Woodland Police Sergeant Steve Guthrie said officers were dispatched to 14 W. Cross St. at 1 a.m. following a report of a woman who had been stabbed.

Upon arrival, officers apprehended Guillermo Aldama, 35, of Woodland.

An ensuing investigation revealed Aldama had stabbed his wife in the upper chest with a knife while she slept next to her daughter, said Guthrie.

Aldama's wife was transported to UC Davis medical center with non-life threatening injuries.

Aldama was booked at Yolo County Jail on charges of attempted homicide and child endangerment.

Explosive device prompts Woodland evacuation

WOODLAND, CA - An explosive device was safely detonated in Woodland Monday.

The suspicious device was brought to Woodland Fire Station #2 on West Street about 10:30 a.m, according to the Woodland Police Department. The person who brought the device to the fire station told fire personnel the item was found in an empty house in the neighborhood.

Fire personnel called police who thought the bottle could be explosive. Sgt. Steve Guthrie said the device was a large plastic bottle with a white substance inside and a fuse attached to it.

The bottle was isolated and the fire department was evacuated as was nearby Woodland Christian School. Neighbors were directed to stay in their homes and traffic was prohibited in the area.

The Yolo County Bomb Squad took control, deactivated the potential explosive and removed it.

Police and the bomb squad were looking into who might have placed the device in the empty house.

Documents show chemicals seized at UCD researcher's home

SACRAMENTO, CA - David Snyder kept quiet and calm in court as he faced 10 counts of possessing firearms and explosives at his arraignment Thursday.

The UC Davis researcher was arrested after an explosion at his campus apartment. When police searched the home, they found firearms and explosives, according to court documents. Synder has been out on bail since February. 

Outside the courthouse, Snyder's attorney spoke on his client's behalf.

"I'm sorry, Dr. Snyder's not making a comment. We would just indicate that we look forward to participating in the criminal justice process so that Dr. Snyder can clear his name," Snyder's attorney said.

Court documents detailed the evidence collected in the investigation. Snyder had multiple firearms and ammunition banned from campus housing. But, the list of chemicals found scattered throughout the apartment was even more disturbing to those who know exactly what those chemicals can do.

Davis man says he was attacked because he is gay

Davis man says he was attacked because he is gay

DAVIS, CA - The victim of a presumed hate crime is speaking out, hoping what happened to him will never happen to anyone else.

Mikey Partida, 32, of Davis, was leaving a relative's home early Sunday morning when a man started harassing him and calling him a gay slur.

Partida ignored the man and kept walking.

"I was just trying to make the right choice in a bad situation," he said from his hospital bed at the UC Davis Medical Center.

Unfortunately, Partida forgot his keys and had to go back, that's when the suspect attacked.

"I heard him, personally, yelling slurs at him," Partida's cousin Vanessa Turner said. "I know it was unprovoked."

"He just continued, getting closer and closer, and then he just punched me," Partida explained.

The slur used begins with the letter "F" and is a nasty term for homosexuals. Partida said the attacker was saying it over and over again while beating him.