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New details emerge from random attack at Billings grocery store

Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 20:15:17-04

BILLINGS – More details have emerged in court documents about the random attack that injured one woman at the downtown Billings Albertsons grocery store on Monday morning.

According to the documents released Tuesday, a woman was shopping in the meat section of the Albertsons grocery store on North 27th Street around 6 a.m.

Donald Edward Partridge, 74, approached her asking for the time. He then allegedly hit her in the stomach. When she asked why he punched her, he responded, "I didn’t punch her, I stabbed her."

When officers responded, Partridge had a green knife protruding from his pocket. The officer detained Partridge and took the knife. He allegedly admitted to police he stabbed the woman.

Partridge threatened he would "stab more people if he did not get his knife back." Documents state Partridge said he stabbed the woman because he does not understand Billings and is unhappy with the Department of Veterans Affairs and his living conditions.

The woman told police she probably could never return to shop at Albertsons because of the attack. She is recovering.

See also: Billings transient stabs woman inside Albertsons grocery store