STOCKTON (CBS13) – The search for a dangerous man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital is over.

A law enforcement agent told CBS13’s Carlos Correa on Wednesday that Randall Saito had been taken into custody.

Authorities said Saito was getting into a taxi cab near Highway 99 and Waterloo Road late Wednesday morning when he was taken into custody.

He is now being taken to San Joaquin County Jail.

san joaquin sheriff Escaped Mental Patient From Hawaii Arrested In Stockton

Randall Saito under arrest in Stockton late Wednesday morning. (Credit: San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

Saito was seen in Stockton on Monday, authorities said, prompting an intensified search in the area.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced at a press conference early Wednesday morning that the personnel believed to have been working at the hospital at the time of Saito’s disappearance are being relieved of duty.

Comments (2)
  1. nedsaley says:

    How did a dangerous criminal in a mental hospital charter a plane and then buy a regular ticket and fly to San Jose from Maui? This is very disturbing and needs more details.

    1. Exactly my question. One does not merely “walk out’ of a mental hospital, take a taxi and board two planes without money and ID, does one?

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