HONOLULU — California authorizes have captured a man who escaped from Hawaii’s state psychiatric hospital outside Honolulu and then flew to San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 12.
Authorities say Randall Saito, 59, “fills all the criteria of a classic serial killer.” Saito hopped on a chartered plane to Maui after his escape in Honolulu and from there boarded a plane to San Jose.
Saito was taken into custody on Nov. 15 by deputies with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at 10:30 a.m.
“The arrest was made as a result of a tip received from an alert taxi cab driver,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Saito was arrested in the area of Highway 99 and Waterloo Road” in Stockton, Calif.
Saito was committed to Hawaii State Hospital in 1981 after being acquitted by reason of insanity of the murder of Sandra Yamashiro, who was found shot and stabbed multiple times at a Honolulu shopping mall.
Saito’s status in custody en route back to Hawaii was not immediately clear.