UPDATED: Machete Used In Sunday 'Ninja' Attack at South Coast Plaza

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Bring your wallet, not your machete
A 19-year-old plumber with blond hair and blue eyes is sitting in Orange County Jail this morning after police say he used a 25-inch machete to attack a man Sunday night in the parking lot of Orange County's most internationally acclaimed shopping center: South Coast Plaza.

Robert Carl Hopkins Jr., a Costa Mesa resident who could face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and will likely remain in custody until he can post $25,000 bail, wore what authorities say was an all-black "ninja" outfit during the incident.

The victim, who hasn't been identified and wasn't seriously injured, called 911 around 9 p.m. to report that the attack occurred near Sears and that the assailant ran toward Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant before fleeing across the street to the Regency South Coast Village movie theater.

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Robert Carl Hopkins Jr.
Police recovered the machete under a row of movie seats and arrested Hopkins.

Hopkins is expected to face a judge on Tuesday.

In November 2009, a CHP officer stopped him for speeding faster than 100 mph, according to court records.

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BBensunnn
BBensunnn

aww so weird since i knew himm :/

Mom of 6
Mom of 6

Your article says the person was " not seriously injured.".. hmmm if he hasn't come forward or filed a police report maybe it didn't happen the way he reported it? What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Gice me a break. Bad reporting! One more thing does it matter he is a blonde haired, blue eyed young man. PROFILING! FYI, No Ninja costume. Looks to me like he is wearing a work shirt in the pic above. Should check your facts. Rule #1.

Cody Nunes
Cody Nunes

Dude, i went to school with this kid! We all joked that he'd do somin like this one day, but damn....if he gets out on time, that could be one interesting high school reunion.

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Retired Ninja
Retired Ninja

Probably distraut for not being able to get into the Selena Gomez performance at the Microsoft Store on Saturday.

Trai_dep
Trai_dep

Only a blond haired, blue-eyed guy would bring a machete to a Ninja fight.

D. Miller
D. Miller

@Say What-I think they're trying to emphasize that he's probably not of minority status. You could have just said a "19 year-old, Caucasian male" just like you say for Hispanics and Blacks. Pretty lame and pretty pointless OC Weekly....

Saywhat
Saywhat

What's the point of mentioning blonde hair and blue eyes?

Adam Prince
Adam Prince

Whoa. How could the victim not be seriously hurt? Did the ninja with the machete miss or something?

Arthur Rambo
Arthur Rambo

sup cody its rambo good friends w this kid... media has it all wrong he was just carring it lol but this does suck.

Guess
Guess

You put a spanish guy did it and you'll have the whole richland of Costa Mesa out of there.

Dbarajas1432
Dbarajas1432

I think it was more to emphasize that the 'ninja' wasn't Asian lol.

the TRUTH
the TRUTH

thats the bulb nose small hat media for you

Josh Iskander
Josh Iskander

dude arthur i feel bad for him i no also i no you to

Michael Pascual
Michael Pascual

Hey Cody, Arthur,

Michael Pascual here. I can't imagine Bobby doing stuff like this. I know he wasn't the best around but he was still normal. We weren't best friend or anything but I still knew him enough. It's too bad this happened. Better pray for him huh?

Cya guys around,Michael

D. Miller
D. Miller

LOL...true true....either way, it doesn't sound right.

guest
guest

josh you spelled know wrong and i hate your brother

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