Man arrested in unprovoked bat attack on teen in San Carlos

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A Pleasanton man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked baseball bat attack on a teenager at a San Carlos home on Monday.

San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home in the 200 block of Loma Road about 5:30 p.m. They learned that 34-year-old Payam Nia had just entered an opened garage and armed himself with a baseball bat. When the teenage victim walked through the garage, Nia struck him in the head with the bat, the sheriff’s office said. Nia and the teenager do not know each other, and the attack appears to be unprovoked, the sheriff’s office said.

After the attack, “Nia instructed the victim to be quiet, and then fled the scene,” the sheriff’s office said.

The victim was transported to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

After searching the neighborhood and Eaton Park open space area, a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office canine located and apprehended Nia.

Nia was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and then booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest/obstructing an officer and cruelty to a child.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, and the crime remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Detective Bureau at 650-599-1536 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.