Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Injured police officer home for the holidays

Officer Robby Chon

THE POLICE OFFICER who suffered a skull fracture when he was allegedly hit in the head with a skateboard Thanksgiving Day was released from the hospital just in time to be home for Christmas

Officer Robby Chon, 49, was released Dec. 20 and is in stable condition. Despite his return home, he faces a long bout of rehabilitation, according to police.

Doctors are optimistic that the 12-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department will continue to make progress in his recovery.
“His family and the South San Francisco Police Department are extremely grateful for the continued outpouring of support and prayers being received from the community,” police said in a press release.

The same day that Chon left the hospital, the suspect accused of hitting Chon with a skatboard, Luis Ramos-Coreas, was in court on Wednesday. Two doctors were appointed to determine whether he is fit to stand trial, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

On Thanksgiving Day, Chon was responding to a report of a man acting irate toward customers at a business in South San Francisco, police said. The suspect refused to obey officers then rode away on a skateboard.

Chon chased the suspect who was acting irrationally when Chon was hit in the head with a skateboard. Chon went down immediately, say witnesses. The suspect was apprehended by a second officer who arrived as backup.

Ramos-Coreas, who is a South San Francisco resident, has been charged with attempted murder among other offenses, prosecutors said.

He is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 2 when the doctors submit their reports.

In the assault, Chon lost consciousness and suffered "traumatic head injury." He required brain surgery to stop some bleeding, prosecutors said.

Police said that Chon has been inspired by all the thoughts, prayers and support he's received during his recovery.

He is thankful to be home for the holidays and for the community of people who have made that possible..