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12/16/2010 6:01:00 AM
Police: Kingman man points gun at girlfriend as kids cower
Zachary Partridge
Zachary Partridge

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A 25-year-old man was arrested earlier this week on charges that he pointed a gun at his girlfriend while her three young children cowered behind her.

Deputies were called to the scene in the 3100 block of Snavley Avenue around 8:15 p.m. Sunday by the 12-year-old son of the girlfriend. Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the boyfriend, identified as 25-year-old Zachary Preston Partridge, was upset about damage to a stereo receiver he was planning to sell.

The girlfriend told deputies that Partridge left the home during the argument but later came back with a gun that she wasn't aware he owned. The woman said Partridge then pointed it at her while her three children, ages 4, 8 and 12, were screaming behind her. He then left after the girlfriend gave him some money.

Deputies had been given a description of Partridge's vehicle and pulled him over a short time later in the 4700 block of Steinke. They reportedly found a .32 caliber handgun behind the passenger seat.

Carter said Partridge told deputies he took the gun inside the house to show that he was upset.

He was booked into the Mohave County Jail on felony charges, including four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon per domestic violence, four counts of disorderly conduct with a firearm per domestic violence, prohibited possessor and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as misdemeanor charges of threatening and intimidating per domestic violence and assault per domestic violence.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010
Article comment by: Maple Lyn

I survived (barely) 13 years of domestic abuse and beatings severe enough to break bones. For many of those years I lied, covered up for my husband, believing if I could stop upsetting him, he would stop hurting me.

Mz Cricket needs support and counseling ... and so do her children. Her writing exemplifies every characteristic of Battered Woman Syndrome. Also, she is 41 and he is 25 further confirming their dysfunctional relationship - not that age difference is always a factor, but in this case I think it is.

There was a poster on the wall of the Battered Woman Support Group I attended:

I am not battered because he only calls me names.
I am not battered because he only pushes me.
I am not battered because he only slaps me.
I am not battered because he has never put me in the hospital.
I am not battered because he hasn't killed me yet.

We could add here:

I am not battered because he only brought a gun into the house to scare me.

I hope she gets help before it is too late.

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010
Article comment by: Angry Mother

@Standing Up
I'm sure you're just 'standing up' for your friends..but I still stand by my comments that are well backed up by the report filed and by his extensive back ground and not by others opinions. Yes...I can see how he is a fine upstanding citizen that loves his children so much that he would bring a gun into the house to show how upset he is. I can also see how Cricket is also a shining example of a mother that is so willing to teach her children that his behavior is acceptable. Remember that some people have experience with situations just like this, sadly it happens quite a bit. It's also a sad reality that the family and friends tend to try and justify this type of behavior.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Article comment by: Standing Up

I happen to know both of the parties involved in this incident. I know for a fact that they love each other tremendously and are good people. Mr Partidge is a man that would give you the shirt off his back and Mrs Partidge is equally the sweetheart. From what has been reported, it is easy for everyone to judge them and make conclusions that they are horrible or misguided people. I think that what has been reported, the way it is reported, lends itself to be much worse than what may have happened. But none of that really matters here. I am writing this to serve as reminder to all of you who are so quick to criticize, that not all things are always what they appear to be. I am sure that we have ALL had something in our lives that if brought into the spotlight and without proper representation, could be fodder for those quick to judge. I think that what happened is unfortunate, but also not the complete story. So let's cut a little bit of slack here and please don't be so quick to jump on the "ride her a**" bandwagon. They are a good family and I am sure that they will get through this. I understand most of you have opinions about what you read, but let's not make this more stressful for a family that has already been through a hell of a lot more than you are aware of. Crickett.... just remember that opinions are like ********.... everybody has one. And for everyone else... yes, that includes me.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Article comment by: em lee

To Lil Mz Crickett Solaiza-Partridge

wow, I hope I am wrong, but your post certainly seems like there is some denial going on. IMO a good husband and father would never take a gun into a house to show his wife and children how upset he was. That is so very dangerous. I would hope that at the very least this man get some counseling before coming back into the home. Everyday there are stories like this, and its usually the innocent children who are hurt by watching their mom die by their dads hand or being killed themselves.

Please get some counseling yourself. As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I know it is easy to talk yourself into believing that he didnt really mean it......But in reality its a terrible situation, and no amount of stress can justify what he said he did. If not for yourself, then please take it seriously for your kids.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Article comment by: V Stokes

@The Partridge Family 2010
It was Susan Dey.....

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010
Article comment by: The Partridge Family 2010

Sounds more like Danny Bonaduce than Karen Day or David Cassidy.
It's a blame game Song we'll be singing, Come on get happy!
A whole lot of _____ is what we'll be bringing.
Come on get happy!

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010
Article comment by: I Cant Believe Some Woman

Very well put Angry Mother! I couldn't have said it better myself!!! And this isn't to crack on you, Lil Miz Cricket, hopefully its helping you

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Article comment by: CPS Needed

Ok, so you want to chose your gun-toting "husband' over the health and welfare of your children......CPS, time for you to step in and save these children. Obviously, their mother and father aren't capable of doing so.

Oh, and you all do realize that most abused women WILL defend the man......She knows that what he did was wrong. But she is going to choose him over her children - happens all the time!

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Article comment by: i call bull****

It's very simple to do people-you google mohave county court records and search last name partridge.From there you can see this guy is no angel who had a bad day-he has multiple convictions for everything under the sun.So you guys are stressed and have bills-so do I and I don't get burglary and drug convictions.Someone do call CPS quick!

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Article comment by: Bart Simpson

Over a "stereo"???? My God...

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Article comment by: MCSO Press Release Dec 15 2010

@ Mz Partridge
Seems to me that the KDM got this story from the police report. Check it out
Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Zachary Preston Partridge, 25, of Kingman, Sunday (12/12) evening on 4 counts of
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon per domestic violence, 4 counts of disorderly conduct with a firearm per domestic violence, prohibited possessor, possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies, along with threatening and intimidating per domestic violence and assault per domestic violence, misdemeanors. Approximately 8:16 p.m., deputies responded to the 3100
block of Snavely Avenue regarding a disturbance. Dispatch advised that the reporting party said that his mothers' husband,
Partridge, pulled a gun on the family and he then left the residence driving a white truck. While deputies were enroute to the residence, another deputy located Partridge outside of different residence in the 4700 block of Steinke where he was taken into
custody after he exited his vehicle. Deputies located the .32 caliber handgun behind the passenger seat. During conversations
with Partridge, he said that he took the gun inside his house to show that he was upset and fed up. Deputies found Partridge to
be in possession of a clear pipe. Partridge was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail without incident.
Upon arrival, deputies contacted Partridge's wife, a 41-year-old victim. The victim said that Partridge was upset about a stereo
receiver being damaged which he planned on selling. The victim reported that the situation escalated when Partridge raised his
hand and pointed a gun at her and threatened her. The victim advised that her three children, ages 4, 8, and 12, were behind her
screaming. The victim further reported that Partridge left after she gave him money.

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Article comment by: Red LovesAz

1st if your down and out like most of us are these days and your "Husband" is looking for ways to make money ,hmmm then why not sell his gun? If you say that you have no idea how he had a gun, then you must not "Know" your husband at all. You may be a blessing of a mother,teach your children right from wrong and all that jazz,but if you lead your life one way and they see this....then by george that is how they will lead theirs or worse.

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Article comment by: Angry Mother

Lil Mz Crickett Solaiza-Partridge
First of all..I am much younger than you think I am. I also happen to work in law enforcement with a previous career in EMS. You are right, I do not know you..but you are textbook type. There are so many women out there just like you who are so 'in love' with a man that they will put up with just about anything to keep them in their lives...and that includes warping their childrens upbringing. Because of my profession and past training, I am fully aware that life is not roses and perfume. I am also fully aware that my actions and what I put up with has a direct impact on my children and what they will grow up believing in. Point in case..he admitted to the deputy that he took a gun into the house to prove that he was angry. That right there is not only very wrong, but very dangerous. Whether you choose to believe it or not, intimidation is a form of abuse. Another point in told your son to call 911. You put your child in a situation that he NEVER should have been in. You say you don't keep weapons in your home, well Honey..he had to have had access to a gun somehow as they dont just materialize out of thin air. Obviously he is not adult enough to know that he should not have even tried to use a gun for any type of intimidation...especially when there are children in the vicinity. I am probably wasting my time even trying to explain it to you on a level you obviously don't let me put it to you this way...
I am the same age as you. I would NEVER put my children in such danger just to keep a man that is much younger than myself in my bed. My children come first...and yours should as well. Any 'man' that chooses to intimidate anyone with a gun is NOT a man, he is merely an insecure child living in an adult body. The fact that you are using the excuse of stress and hard times for his behavior "everyone has their breaking point" is pathetic. Yes..I know everyone makes mistakes..most people just learn from them instead of welcoming them back with loving arms. I am also fully aware of what kids face today as I work one on one with many troubled kids that cycle through the justice system.
Oh...and by the way...I, too, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes. I also own quite a few guns and can be considered an Arizona redneck that lives on the lower end of the economy. I, however, put my children first in my life.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Donna shadow ******************

"Somehow gun control laws don't look so bad now."

If you bothered to look up the guys court record you would know that he was already restricted from having a gun. One of the charges this time, Count 3, is "Poss Wpn By Prohib Person", which means he was not supposed to have one. If you think additional laws would keep Partridge from having one, you are delusional.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: George Pitt

@ Donna shadow ****************** --

Another deluded one who thinks gun control laws will keep criminals or idiots from getting guns.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: interesting story

So..... you husband pointed a gun at you, YOU had your son call 911.......... but, he did nothing wrong. OK, lady.
You claim you dont care what people are saying about his story but, you are taking time out of your day to reply to these comments..... sounds like you do care to me... or you would have just contacted the paper with your complaint and let the comments roll off your back. Sounds, like you and your husband need some anger management classes.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Wow Just Wow

wow this lady has her son call the police on her husband yet claims he did nothing wrong? You need serious help in your enablin of this criminal.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: kingman resident

and as always in this town, the girl is always sticking up for her abusing girlfriend.. are your kids not imprtant to you? do you not want to protect them no matter what and who the person is? and it doesnt matter what happened after he pointed a gun at you! obviously you said he pointed it at you and if it wasnt a big deal then why did you call the cops? ha-typical. if your other half points a gun at you because hes mad, he needs help. and if your kids were watching, theyre pretty much tramatized from the situation now.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Donna shadow ******************

Too many like this in kingman with guns. Somehow gun control laws don't look so bad now.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

He was arrested after he fled the scene, not supposed to be in possession of a gun, and in possession of drug paraphenalia. Sure, he sounds totally innocent and MCSO is blowing it all out of proportion. If you believe that, I imagine you also believe a fat man in a red suit breaks into your house every december and leaves presents under a tree too?

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Jackie Petersen

I would not stand up for him. I use to do that all the time with my x. Then he kept doing the same thing over and over. Even pulling a gun on me with my children there. He is probably still the same today. I wouldn't know, I left his ass in Tennessee. I hope you can find better and do better for yourself and kids. I hope he can change, but more than 1/2 of them never do. Good luck in your future.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Lil Mz Crickett Solaiza-Partridge

Tsk Tsk--this is becoming comical now. Look Mz angry mother---I dont pretend to be Ms Cleaver or anything close to that..I have my own struggles and they are just that..MY Struggles. I have never had to teach my son anything about guns..except that you never point and gun at anybody unless you plan on using it and that a gun is not a toy..doesnt matter if it is loaded or not..and mostly...that they are not allowed in my house. I never said my husbands actions were what I wrote. I said the Miner does not have the right story. They are getting info passed down thru three or four individuals before it is reported to them. Ms Erin Taylor of the Miner was supposed to write a retraction to this story. He was wrong...He was angry..we were both angry..there was no gun pointed at me...not excuses for him..just facts of the case Woman. so dont start giving me your CPS bull...Life is not how it was back then...I teach my children the real truths about life...I dont try to act like the world is some wonderul fantastic safe place. They are safe at home..regardless of what your opinion is of me or my husband. We all make mistakes. or have you learned that one yet? Dont sit here and judge me as a woman, mother or anything for that matter without knowing who I am as a woman and a mother. You dont know me...I love my family. They are everything to me. My husband is not abusive. He has never ever laid a hand on me. We dont keep weapons in our home. Our children are happy and content. This article shows you one highlight of a bad day in someones life..remember that.....cuz you know nothing else about our lives except what you gather from this article. So, judge....judge away like everyone skin off our backs. We will get through this and you will forget about this stupid lil story and go on to bash the next highlight of somenes life that society has deemed just another low life...Pathetic...just remember...there is good and bad in all of us. its what we choose to do with it that matters. He made a bad decision..I have made many mistakes myself. Lady, go ahead and call CPS I have nothing to hide. I welcome them to come into my home. My children are well balanced..they have love...God....and what I teach my children is just how to be tough in a world full of judgemental critics such as yourself. Kids these days are faced with so much more and very different things than when I grew up. Yes my husband is 25..but I am not...I am 41 years stranger to the world here Lady. I am not some domestic violence victim stuck in the circle...get over it..I dont know about you..but I am gonna have some coffee smoke a cigarette (bet u love that one huh) and go on about my life regardless of your opinion about me or my husband..TaTa have a lovely day...

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: So Sad

This article is sad enough...but to read the comments from the wife and son....well that's where it becomes truly heartbreaking. This family obviously needs help. I am sure a judge is going to sentence this guy to some type of anger managament class, but that likely isn't enough to stop the abuse. The wife and kids need counseling. It is clear to everyone that they are just covering for him. Which is a pretty textbook response.

What the family doesn't realize is that even under major stress a normal person doesn't show up to the house with a gun. You must have been pretty scared to call 911, that isn't matter how you look at it. You shouldn't live in a home where you are calling 911 on another family member. A "home "is a safe place. I hope one day you and your children know what that security and peace feels like.

If you want help, call Sarah's house. They can point you in the right direction. Maybe even one where your family can heal together since you are committed to standing by him no matter what.

Best wishes.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: I Cant Believe Some Woman

Thank you John Doe. Maybe the story isnt correct but Obviously he had done something tomake you want to tell your son to call 911 and now your sticking up for him .What are you going to do the day he really flips out and tries to hurt you or your kids. Are you still going to stick up for him. I cant believe how some woman would put their children through that, all because they feel they cant live without the person. WAKE UP LADIES. START LIVING FOR YOUR KIDS AND YOURSELF BEFORE THE ONE YOU ARE SLEEPING WITH

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010
Article comment by: Mrs. Thrasher

Why don't you admit to the world that he HAD to have done something or the police wouldn't have charged him with something he didn't do. Or you lied to the Sheriffs Dpt. They don't arrest without a cause. One of you belongs in jail. The question is WHOM. They found the gun. I believe they made the right choice.

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