California man sent to jail for stabbing two during horror movie
By Ravi Matah
FULLERTON, CA – An Anaheim man was sentenced to 22 years to life in state prison for stabbing two men, whom he did not know, during a horror movie at a theatre in Fullerton.
Steven Walter Robinson Jr., 26, was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 29, 2009.
On Feb 24, 2008, Robinson bought a ticket for the horror movie “The Signal” at the AMC Theatre at 1001 South Lemon and was wearing dark clothing and sunglasses inside the theatre. He appeared agitated and aggressive, evidence showed.
The manager asked the security to watch the individual and the guard observed that he was carrying a container of alcohol.
After being informed that he would not be permitted to see the movie without complying with security, Robinson got a refund for his ticket and again left the theater.
Robinson sneaked back into the theater and the security guard noticed Robinson as one of the four people watching the movie. He informed the manager and police who arrived in response to the call related to the bag of drugs.
While officers were in the lobby, Robinson got up from his seat and approached Julio Sanchez, 38, carrying a double sided knife-hammer weapon. Robinson attacked the victim by stabbing him five times in the head, arm, chest, and knee. The suspect continued to stab and slash at Sanchez until the victim was able to run into the lobby and escape.
Robinson then approached Eloy Uresti, 65, and began to stab him in the arm as the victim attempted to protect his face. The victim attempted to crawl away, but Robinson followed. Robinson hit the victim in the head with the hammer end of the weapon and continued to attack Uresti until hearing the police officers enter the theater.
The officers had been in the lobby when Sanchez ran from the theater covered in blood and fled the scene through an exit door leading into the parking lot. The two victims did not know each other or the defendant.
Victim Sanchez suffered a permanent loss of mobility in his arm. Victim Uresti suffered nerve damage. Both victims explained that the attack affected their ability to work and participate in activities that they had previously enjoyed.
After the attempted murder, Robinson fled to his brother’s Las Vegas, NV, apartment to hide. He was arrested on March 7, 2008, on a $500,000 warrant and was brought back to Orange County.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the defendant was in possession of several books on the topic of serial killers and the torture of their victims. The defendant’s home computer contained MySpace postings from him to friends about killing and mass murder. Robinson used the screen name “psychokiller666.
Sanchez provided a written victim impact statement to the court today in which he explained that Robinson had not only emotionally and physically traumatized him, but also hurt his ability to financially support his family due to his disability.
Robinson was guilty of two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, two felony counts of mayhem, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury.
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