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Rep. LoPresti: Critical step missed could have led to Saito's early capture

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Island News showed you Saito's interview with reporters inside a California jailhouse Thursday. 

In it, he claims to have used fake ID's to get past airport security. 

One state lawmaker points out a critical misstep that could've led to his capture in Hawaii. 

"Well I had to get through TSA. How did you do that? With the IDs. What kind of ID was it, was it another person's name was it your picture? Well of course it has to be your picture but someone else's name," Saito said. 

According to the California cab company, Saito was traveling under the name Michael Paswa, just prior to his arrest. 

It isn't clear if he used the same alias when he hailed a cab on Oahu. What is clear is, there was a major gap in communication between officials. 

"The state's number one rule is public safety and we failed in that capacity. But there are lessons to be learned and avenues for animals that can be taken to stop this kind of thing that can happen in the future and we need to explore those," State Rep. Matt LoPresti said. 

LoPresti says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was alerted two days after Saito fled the state hospital.

"TSA could've issued what's called a BOLO alert, be on the lookout. Doesn't Matter if you have a fake ID, doesn't matter who the person is. They can put out a notice to be on the heightened alert to find these people and stop them from fleeing," LoPresti said. 

LoPresti isn't clear on why Hawaii's Fusion Center wasn't notified. The information sharing branch falls under state Homeland Security. And can alert federal, state and county agencies during emergencies.  

"It's a phone call away, we have the phone number, it's an email," Paul Epstein, Hawaii State Fusion Center said. "We will assume that a person can be a flight risk. We will assume that. We will notify. we certainly will."

State officials are looking in to current prevention procedures concerning escapees.