Nov 27, 2016
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A cop who remains in serious condition after being assaulted with a skateboard Thursday afternoon in South San Francisco has been identified as Robby Chon, the South San Francisco Police Department said Friday.
Chon is a 12-year veteran of the force.
A GoFundMe campaign, launched by a San Mateo County deputy sheriff and former police academy mate of Chon's, along with officers from the SSFPD, is underway to raise funds to help offset any medical costs or unexpected bills to Chon's family.
"Robbie would not be happy that I started this GoFundMe thing," wrote organizer Chris Swinney. "It's not the type of thing he would like because he's the most unselfish person you'd ever meet. But, he's the kind of guy you can't help but want to help, and he needs our help now."
The suspect in the assault, identified as Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, 28, of South San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. a citizen flagged down an officer about a disturbance at a business in the 300 block of Grand Avenue.
Police tried to approach the suspect creating the disturbance, but Ramos-Coreas allegedly refused to comply.
Chon requested additional police assistance, and as a second officer arrived at the scene, Ramos-Coreas fled on a skateboard, police said.
Chon started chasing Ramos-Coreas when the suspect stopped, turned and struck him in the head with a skateboard, according to the department. Chon was knocked unconscious, suffered a major head injury and was transported to a trauma center in critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery.
The suspect continued running but was taken into custody a short time later by other officers.
"I feel a great sense of pain and sadness knowing (Chon's) fighting for his life in a hospital right now," Swinney said on the fundraiser website. "But I will not quit on him now, or ever."
"His view and take on life, with friends, family, and complete strangers, has always been top-notch and pleasant. His career has been example of what it means to be a 'go to' officer, leader, and teammate" Swinney wrote."Raising any amount of money for Robbie and his family won't make things entirely right again in the short term, but it would help."