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Pleasanton man accused in baseball bat attack on teen in San Carlos

34-year-old allegedly entered open garage and hit boy on head; motive unclear

A Pleasanton man was arrested in the Peninsula on Monday evening for allegedly hitting a teenager in the head with a baseball bat in an unprovoked attack on a stranger, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Payam Nia, 34, was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of felony attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and child cruelty and misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to Det. Rosemerry Blankswade.

The incident unfolded on Memorial Day around 5:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Loma Road in San Carlos, according to Blankswade.

Nia allegedly walked into an open garage and armed himself with a baseball bat. When the teenage boy walked through the garage, Nia hit him in the head with the bat, according to Blankswade.

"After what appears to be an unprovoked attack, Nia instructed the victim to be quiet and then fled the scene," the detective said. "Nia and the victim were not known to each other, and the motive behind this crime is still being investigated."

Deputies scoured the neighborhood and Eaton Park open space area and ultimately apprehended Nia with the help of a sheriff's office K-9 unit, according to Blankswade. The arrestee was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked at the jail.

The teenager was transported to a hospital and is now expected to make a full recovery, Blankswade said Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the case can call the sheriff's office at 650-599-1536 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.

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