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Man arrested for allegedly assaulting person w/ machete in OC

An officer carries a machete used in an alleged attack at a mall parking lot in Costa Mesa on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

March 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man with a machete was arrested near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Police said a caller dialed 911 Sunday night from the mall parking lot after he was attacked by a man carrying a 25-inch blade.

The victim continued to update dispatchers on the suspect's location. Officers said within about 10 minutes, they found the attacker and the machete, which was hidden nearby.

They arrested Robert Hopkins Jr., 19, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said they lost contact with the victim and are still searching for him.

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