Robby Chon is in intensive care after being attacked by a suspect with a skateboard
A police officer is in critical condition after being attacked by a thug who hit him over the head with a skateboard.
Robby Chon, a South San Francisco police officer who has worked with the force for 12 years, is in intensive care after the attack.
The father-of-two had to undergo surgery after being assaulted by Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, a 28-year-old he was trying to stop after being called to Grand Avenue on Thanksgiving to calls of a disturbance at 2.20pm.
Police officers have since paid tribute to him as a hardworking and beloved member of the department.
Chon was called to the area at 2.20pm on Thursday amid reports of a man behaving aggressively, according to Fox News.
Police say he tried to question Ramos-Coreas but that the 28-year-old smashed him over the head with the skateboard.
He was taken to hospital while other officers rushed to the scene. Photographs immediately afterwards show Ramos-Coreas sitting cross-legged and shirtless on the street after being arrested.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for Chon’s care has already raised more than $80,000.
The veteran police officer was chasing Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas after claims he was causing a disturbance on Grand Avenue in South San Francisco on Thanksgiving
Chon, a father-of-two, underwent surgery but is still in a critical condition in hospital
In its description, friend and fellow police officer Chris Swinney said Chon was an ‘inspirational’ member of the department.
‘Robbie is the kind of man who’d give you the shirt off his back, it’s time we return the favor,’ he said.
South San Francisco Police Chief said it was the latest in a spate of attacks against officers.
‘Law enforcement is going through difficult times with unprovoked targeted attacks on police officers.
‘Yesterday this hit home in South San Francisco,’ he told a press conference.
Ramos-Coreas was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.
His mother told ABC he suffered mental health issues for which he was taking medication.