California to extradite escaped Hawaii psychiatric patient
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California will be sent back to the islands.
The Hawaii attorney general’s office said Friday the state of California issued a warrant authorizing Randall Saito’s extradition.
The attorney general’s office says it’s arranged with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to have Saito return on a non-commercial flight.
San Joaquin County Judge Michael Mulvihill scheduled a Jan. 5 hearing to discuss the extradition.
Saito has been a Hawaii State Hospital patient for nearly four decades since being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman’s murder.
He walked out of the hospital on Nov. 12 and took a taxi to the airport. Police arrested him in the California city of Stockton three days later.