September 15, 2008
Veteran Restaurant Manager Recuperates

Scott Smith, who in October is to mark his 21st anniversary as the general manager of the midtown Sacramento restaurant Biba, expects to return to work Thursday after being battered and robbed when he finished a late-night shift last week.

Smith says he was nearing his car in a parking garage at 29th Street and Capitol Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, when he was attacked by a man who beat him to the ground and retrieved his wallet before fleeing.

Smith drove himself to the emergency room at nearby Sutter General Hospital, and has since been recuperating at home from injuries that included a concussion, fractures to orbital bones, a lacerated lip, a chipped tooth, and abrasions and bruises. He had 13 stitches under one eye, five under the other. He may yet face surgery for damage inflicted about his eyes. His wallet contained "maybe $40," says Smith. "I'm usually cautious, but I walked out by myself that night," he notes.

No arrrest in connection with the assault has been made, say Sacramento police, who describe Smith's assailant as an African-American male, 18 to 26 years old, weighing 190 to 210 pounds, standing 5-10, and wearing a light-colored t-shirt.

Since the attack, Biba employees have been urged to park at a new garage at 28th and N streets, but a chef who heeded the advice had his car broken into a few days later, says Smith.

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