Search for man who escaped from state hospital shifts to California
HONOLULU — The search for a dangerous man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital moved to California after authorities said Tuesday he boarded a flight to the state from Maui two days earlier.
Randall Saito, who was acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity, left the state hospital outside Honolulu at 10 a.m. Sunday, took a taxi to a chartered plane that took him to Maui and then boarded another plane to San Jose, Calif., Honolulu police said.
“Saito is considered extremely dangerous and should not be approached,” police said in statement late Tuesday.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service reviewed security footage from San Jose International Airport in connection with the manhunt, said Jon Vaden, a spokesman for the airport.
He said police have not advised him of any threats at the facility.
Saito was committed to the state hospital in 1981, two years after he was acquitted in the killing of Sandra Yamashiro.
The victim was shot and repeatedly stabbed before her body was found in her car at a mall.
“He is a very dangerous individual,” said Wayne Tashima, a Honolulu prosecutor who argued in 2015 against Saito receiving passes to leave the hospital grounds without an escort.
Tashima warned people not to approach Saito, saying there’s a concern he could commit the same “very heinous and violent offense” again. Authorities asked anyone with information to call police.
Hospital staff called 911 to report Saito’s disappearance at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday — two hours after he arrived in San Jose, Honolulu police said. An allpoints bulletin was issued at 8:30 p.m.
It was not immediately clear under what circumstances Saito was away from the facility in a Honolulu suburb.
Hawaii State Hospital Administrator William May said officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement and appropriate steps would be taken if Saito had help from someone inside the facility.