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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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.