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The Latest: Police: Escaped patient from the hospital has left, Maui

HONOLULU – The Latest on the Hawaii man who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital (all times are local):

12:36 pm

Maui police says a Hawaii man once accused of murder who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital has caught a flight out of Maui.

The Maui Police Department on Tuesday does not say where Randall Saito went. Saito was acquitted of murder on grounds of insanity for the 1979 killing of a woman in a shopping mall. He has been committed to the hospital since 1981.

Honolulu police say Saito left the hawai’i State Hospital out of Honolulu at 9 am on Sunday and not back. Maui police say he flew to Maui shortly afterwards.

Defense attorneys wanted Saito released in 2000. But, Jeff Albert, a deputy city prosecutor, objected, saying Saito “fills all the criteria of a classic serial killer.”

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Hawaii authorities are looking for a man who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital outside of Honolulu and flew to Maui.

Honolulu police says Randall Saito left the hawai’i State Hospital at 9 am Sunday and not back.

Maui County police say Saito flew to Maui shortly after he left the hospital, but they do not know where he is now.

Saito was acquitted of murder on grounds of insanity for the 1979 killing of a woman in a shopping mall.

The 59-year-old is 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and 220 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Saito is committed to the hospital in 1981.

Defense attorneys wanted him released in 2000. But prosecutors objected, saying Saito fit the criteria of a classic serial killer.

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