Pasco man held for allegedly starting fight in tavern

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJune 1, 2014 

A Pasco man is being held on $20,000 bail for allegedly starting a fight with a fellow patron in a downtown tavern, then waving around a pocket knife and pointing it at people.

Stephen F. Partida, 50, pleaded innocent to second-degree assault for the May 17 incident. The trial is set for July 23.

Pasco police were called to the Library Tavern on West Lewis Street at 2:15 p.m. for reports of a disturbance.

The bartender reported that when the other man Partida was fighting left the bar, Partida pulled out the knife, unfolded it and yelled while holding it in patrons' faces in a threatening manner, court documents said.

The bartender told officers she was close to Partida when this happened, and she was afraid, thinking he might stab her, documents said. She also alleged that Partida was "intoxicated and unpredictable."

A patron gave a similar account of Partida's actions, and said Partida cursed at him when he stepped in to try and stop Partida. He further said he felt threatened by Partida during the confrontation, court documents said.

Partida was arrested for purposefully using physical force with a deadly weapon.

When questioned by police, he denied bringing the knife out even though he had been told that several witnesses contradicted his claims, documents said.

If Partida posts bail and is released, he has been ordered not to consume alcohol or frequent places where it is served as the primary business. He also must stay away from the bartender and the one patron while the case is pending.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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