Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin's office charged Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito with felony escape. A bench warrant has been issued for Saito’s arrest in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars.
Saito, 59, escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Sunday and remains at large. Honolulu Police confirmed Saito got on a plane bound for San Jose, California.
Saito was acquitted of the 1979 murder of Sandra Yamashiro, based on mental disease or disorder, and committed to the Hawaii State Hospital.
Chin says Saito "is a dangerous individual. We need him off the streets. The State is in close contact with law enforcement to make this happen.”
Saito has been charged with escape in the second degree, a class C felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. Escape in the first degree requires use of force and was not charged in this case. The charge is considered an allegation of wrongdoing, and Saito is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
Back in 2015 Deputy prosecutor Wayne Tashima argued against allowing Saito to leave hospital grounds for any reason. He told Island News there's a concern he could commit the same "very heinous and violent offense again."