The plea of a suspect who assaulted a South San Francisco police officer with a skateboard last week was put off today to be sure he is mentally healthy and give the defense time to prepare, San Mateo County prosecutors and the defense attorney said.
Alberto Ramos-Coreas was scheduled to enter a plea at 1:30 p.m. in Redwood City, but the court granted him a mental health evaluation to be sure he is healthy enough to begin court proceedings.
The 28-year-old Ramos-Coreas is suspected of hitting 12-year veteran South San Francisco police Officer Robby Chon in the head with a skateboard at about 2:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Chon was still in the hospital Monday. He lost consciousness in the attack, suffered a skull fracture and required brain surgery to stop some bleeding, according to prosecutors. Doctors remain optimistic and have said Chon is showing signs of recovery, police said.
Chon was responding to a report of a man acting irate toward patrons at a business in the 300 block of Grand Avenue, according to police. When officers responded, they tried to approach Ramos-Coreas who was allegedly causing the disturbance.
South San Francisco resident Ramos-Coreas allegedly refused to comply with the officers’ requests. When additional officers arrived, Ramos-Coreas allegedly fled on a skateboard and Chon began chasing him, police said.
During the chase, Ramos-Coreas allegedly stopped, turned and struck Chon in the head with the skateboard.
Ramos-Coreas allegedly started running again but officers were able to capture him. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, police said.
According to police, Chon’s family, as well as the South San Francisco Police Department, are extremely grateful for the support and prayers they’ve received from the community.
Ramos-Coreas was initially appointed an attorney from the county’s private defender program, but he has now hired attorney Ryan McHugh. “We all wish the best for the victim,” McHugh said.
He added that he’s looking forward to receiving the discovery from prosecutors and seeing what he can do to defend Ramos-Coreas.