Gov. Ige on state hospital escapee: "His escape should never have happened"
Gov. David Ige holds a press conference on the Hawaii State Hospital escapee who was captured.
HONOLULU - Gov. David Ige held a press conference Wednesday with Department of Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler and State Attorney General Doug Chin to talk about the capture of Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito.
"His escape should never have happened. I am deeply concerned that such a dangerous person was able to escape from the Hawaii State Hospital and remain undetected for a long period of time," said Gov. Ige.
DOH says it has placed seven hospital employees will be relieved of their duties for 30 days with pay as an internal investigation continues.
The state health department says hospital administration stopped all unescorted off-campus and on-campus privileges of patients after Saito's escape. At this time, all patients are escorted by hospital staff to appointments off-campus and on-campus. There are no unescorted privileges at this time. The hospital is reviewing and evaluating all levels of patient privileges.
Chin released the following statement:
I am grateful to local law enforcement partners, including the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu prosecutor's office, for their assistance with the investigation of and search for Randall Saito. The Honolulu Police Department has now confirmed that Saito is in custody in California. He will next face a hearing in California to be extradited back to Hawaii. I acknowledge the efforts of citizens and law enforcement officials on the mainland who helped make his capture possible.
At Governor Ige's direction and with the state health director’s full consent, my office will conduct an internal investigation to determine what procedures and protocols were breached, and who – if anyone – assisted with Saito's escape. Separately, my criminal justice division will work closely with the Honolulu Police Department as HPD continues its criminal investigation. This will ensure that appropriate administrative and criminal penalties are thoroughly considered.
We will have more about the press conference on Island News at 5, 6 and 10.