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

17 November, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • San Joaquin County Sheriff's office shows Randall Saito being arrested in Stockton Calif. Wednesday Nov. 15 2017. Saito who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Hawaii was captured as the result of a tip from a taxi cab

Saito was committed to the hospital outside Honolulu in 1981.

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

Employees of a Hawaii psychiatric hospital will be placed on unpaid leave for 30 days while authorities investigate how a patient who was tried for murder escaped and flew to California over the weekend. He was arrested in California on Wednesday after taking two flights to get there.

Altman said Saito can be personable and has good social skills.

While the staffer doesn't know how Saito got out, he thinks Saito had outside help and was planning an escape for a while because of his manipulative nature.

Saito's victim was selected at random, authorities said at the time, shot in the face with a pellet gun and then fatally stabbed.

Saito was sent to the hospital in 1981 after acknowledging he shot Sandra Yamashiro with a pellet gun and then repeatedly stabbed her in her vehicle, which was parked at a shopping mall, according to court records. He was taken into custody in San Joaquin County, Calif. after a four-day manhunt.

The department posted a photograph on social media showing Saito surrounded by three deputies at a gas station. Police say he left the facility around 9 a.m. and never returned.

"We are also aware of the need to support the safety of the public and per protocol, any escape is reported to law enforcement to expedite searches for patients, including the patient who escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Sunday".

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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.

Randall Saito, who was acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity, left a state hospital outside Honolulu on Sunday at 10 a.m., took a taxi to a chartered plane that took him to the island of Maui and then boarded another plane to San Jose, California, Honolulu police said.

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.

Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, said an internal inquiry indicated that workers inadvertently or intentionally neglected to supervise Randall Saito and notify their supervisors.

Chin called Saito "a risky individual" who needs to be off the streets.

Maui police say a Hawaii man once accused of murder who escaped from the state's psychiatric hospital has caught a flight off Maui.

"We were dismayed to learn that Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito used an alias to charter a flight on one of our planes from Honolulu to Maui on Sunday", said a statement Wednesday from luxury charter flight company Royal Pacific Air.

In 1981, his attorney did not contest Saito's committal, saying he was unsafe and "intends to do it again".

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