|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA March 11, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING TWO
MEN IN MOVIE THEATER DURING HORROR FILM
FULLERTON – An Anaheim man has been charged with stabbing two people during a horror movie at a theater in Fullerton. Steven Walter Robinson Jr., 24, is charged with two felony counts of attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury. He faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and 8 months in state prison if convicted. Robinson was arrested on a $500,000 warrant in North Las Vegas, NV, and will have an extradition hearing tomorrow.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on February 24, 2008, Robinson is accused of buying a ticket for the horror movie “The Signal” at the AMC Theatre at 1001 South Lemon in Fullerton. The defendant is accused of wearing dark clothing and sunglasses inside the theater and accidentally leaving a bag of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) in the lobby. Robinson is accused of going into the theater before the movie started and walking out a few minutes later to look for the bag of psilocybin mushrooms. When theater staff informed Robinson that they had not seen the bag, Robinson is accused of demanding a refund and leaving the theater.
Robinson is accused of sneaking back into the theater. After the movie had started at approximately 7:00 p.m., a security guard noticed Robinson in the theater, which only had five people inside, and alerted a manager. The manager called the police, who arrived shortly thereafter. While officers were in the lobby looking for the bag of psilocybin mushrooms, Robinson is accused of getting up from his seat and approaching Julio Sanchez, 38, and stabbing the victim in the arm, chest, and head. The victim was able to escape into the lobby covered in blood. Robinson is accused of then approaching Eloy Uresti, 65, cutting his arm with the knife, and hitting him on the head with a hammer. Uresti ran into the lobby seconds after Sanchez, and Robinson is accused of fleeing the scene through a rear theater door. The two victims did not know each other or the defendant.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.