ONLY ON ABC7NEWS.COM: San Francisco security guard attacked by skateboarder is out of coma, but not well, family says

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Monday, December 17, 2018
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The assault caused brain bleeding, which forced doctors remove almost half of his skull and part of his brain.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- ABC7 News was the only crew on the scene as Amanda Jansen's uncle, 57-year-old Dan Jansen, was carted into an ambulance outside of the old Bank of America building in San Francisco on Nov. 25.

Amanda said her uncle is a long-time security guard for the building, and was attacked by a skateboarder. She's seen the surveillance video.

"Something happens and they just surround him and you can see the attack," Jansen said.

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Jansen told ABC7 News the assault caused brain bleeding, which forced doctors remove almost half of her uncle's skull and part of his brain. He was in a coma up until about a week ago.

"It's hard because he looks scared and I just don't know if he knows what's going on and if he knows that people are around him," she said.

Police made an arrest in the case. When asked if she had any words for the suspect Amanda replied, "No, yeah I don't."

What led things to get so out of control? Jansen wishes she knew.

"What I'm told is that my uncle had the gift of gab, so he was often dispatched when they did have skaters out there because he did have this easy going nature," she said.

Dan Jansen is an avid fisher and family man, according to his niece.

"He is such a wonderful person and such a jolly sort of man," she said.

The Jansens hope at this point, they can have just some Dan's traits back.