Man held in AT&T Park assault

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMotive unclear: Police have not determined whether Sunday’s attack at AT&T Park was related to the heated Giants-Dodgers rivalry.

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMotive unclear: Police have not determined whether Sunday’s attack at AT&T Park was related to the heated Giants-Dodgers rivalry.

A Grass Valley man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man Sunday evening in a restroom at AT&T Park during a Giants game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Christopher Torii Smith, 26, was arrested in connection with the attack, which was reported at 6:42 p.m. Sunday, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Smith reportedly approached the 21-year-old victim in a ballpark restroom and began hitting him. The victim fell to the ground and Smith continued attacking him, Esparza said.

Smith then fled, but officers spotted him and took him into custody at Lefty O’Doul Plaza. He was booked into jail on suspicion of battery,  vandalism and public intoxication, Esparza said.

The victim suffered a laceration to his lip in the attack, according to Esparza, who said a motive for the attack had not yet been determined, including whether it was related to the rivalry between the baseball teams.

Smith, a resident of Grass Valley in the Sierra Foothills, is also awaiting trial in May 2013 on two charges of DUI causing serious injury or death, according to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

He was allegedly under the influence of marijuana Dec. 30 when he fatally struck two people who were walking in a crosswalk in Incline Village, Nev., according to Nevada Highway Patrol officials.

Sunday’s attack comes after San Francisco police stepped up their enforcement efforts at AT&T Park during a series in June between the Giants and the Dodgers.

As part of their tactics, some officers even dressed as Dodgers fans to try to minimize problems between fans of the two teams.

The efforts came after an incident in Los Angeles last year in which Giants fan Bryan Stow was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium. Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack and are awaiting trial while Stow continues to recover from severe head injuries.

Carolyn Copeland, special to The San Francisco Examiner, contributed to this report.

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