REDWOOD CITY — A 29-year-old South San Francisco man accused of clubbing a veteran police officer in the head with a skateboard has been ordered to stand trial on attempted murder charges.
South San Francisco police Officer Robby Chon (Courtesy of the South San Francisco Police Department)
On Tuesday, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey R. Finigan also ruled enough evidence exists to try Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas on felony charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest causing great bodily injury.
Officer Robby Chon, a 12-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department, was responding to a report of a disturbance in downtown South San Francisco on Nov. 24 when he encountered Ramos-Coreas, who reportedly threatened Chon and took off running.
Chon chased after Ramos-Coreas. During the pursuit, Ramos-Coreas turned and hit the officer in the head with a skateboard, knocking him unconscious, according to prosecutors. The blow fractured Chon’s skull and he needed surgery to stop bleeding on his brain.
Chon is making progress, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to return to full duty, said Chris Swinney, a deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office who helped raise more than $125,000 for Chon and his family.
“Much of the cognitive skills and day-to-day movements are there,” Swinney said in an email. “Traumatic brain injuries can go a thousand directions. We won’t know Robby’s full status for several more months.”
Ramos-Coreas’ private attorney Ryan McHugh declined to comment on the facts of the case.
“We send our best wishes to Officer Chon for his recovery,” McHugh said, “and we hope to see him fully recovered.”
In December, McHugh expressed doubt regarding Ramos-Coreas’ competency to stand trial. However, two court-appointed doctors found him competent, according to prosecutors.
Ramos-Coreas remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court May 11 for arraignment.