'Violent psychopath' captured in California after escaping from Hawaii hospital

'Violent psychopath' captured in California after escaping from Hawaii hospital

Saito asked Hamman how far she could drive him, and she told him as far as he wanted - as long as he had money - and gave him her phone number.

The state says that as the investigation continues, more Hawaii State Hospital employees may be taken off duty.

Himelblau said there is nearly no chance that Hawaii won't request extradition, given Saito's violent history.

Hospital staff called the patient, Randy, and say he was a charming, likeable guy.

According to court records, Saito has been escorted to the Koolau Clubhouse, within 2 miles of the State Hospital, to attend programs.

Gov. David Ige said authorities and the public should have been notified much sooner and directed Chin to investigate.

In a letter to Circuit Judge Richard Perkins, Dr. Gene Altman said Saito "presents a substantial risk of danger to others as a result of his current mental state". She said the man fit the description of Saito. Saito had been acquitted in a 1979 murder trial by reason of insanity. In this process, the governor of Hawaii requests extradition from the California governor, with Honolulu and San Joaquin County acting as agents to their respective governors, Himelblau said. The agency posted a photo on social media showing Saito surrounded by three deputies at a gas station.

Honolulu CrimeStoppers Sgt. Chris Kim says he was notified that Randall Saito was apprehended Wednesday.




Saito was committed to the hospital in 1981. Police say he left the facility around 9 a.m. and never returned. There, he got on a flight to California. The passenger said he'd flown into San Jose from Hawaii, and was in Stockton visiting his brother.

Saito was committed to Hawaii State Hospital in 1981 after being found not guilty for reason of insanity for the murder of 29-year-old Sandra Yamashiro. There, he got on an airliner and arrived in San Jose, California, arriving two hours before the hospital reported him missing.

Late Tuesday night, November 14th, the Hawaii Attorney General's office charged Saito with felony escape and issued a $500,000 bench warrant for his arrest. "He's a very risky individual with respect to whom all the predictors indicate that if he were to be released, he would kill again".

Honolulu police say Randall Saito is risky and shouldn't be approached.

He paid $1,500 for the chartered plane ticket, according to Maui Now.

Maui police say a Hawaii man once accused of murder who escaped from the state's psychiatric hospital has caught a flight off Maui. That flight landed about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Hawaii State Department of Health, which runs the Hawaii State Hospital, said earlier it was "cooperating with law enforcement officials to provide them with the information they need in order to conduct their search for the missing patient".

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