UPDATE: ‘Dangerous’ Escapee from Hawaiian Mental Health Facility Flew to SJ
A violent offender who escaped from a mental institution in Hawaii
and flew to California was apprehended this morning in Stockton, according to
the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
Randall Toshio Saito, 59, was arrested in the vicinity of state
Highway 99 and Waterloo Road around 10:30 a.m. as a result of a tip deputies
received from a taxi driver.
Federal agents from the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have been
searching for Saito since news that he’d fled to the Bay Area began to
circulate. Hawaiian Attorney General Doug Chin issued a bench warrant for his
Saito escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Oahu around 9 a.m.
Sunday, caught a flight to Maui and then flew to California, according to
Wayne Tashima, a Honolulu prosecutor, called Saito a “dangerous”
man who committed a gruesome homicide in 1979, killing a woman and leaving
her body in the trunk of a vehicle.
The crime scene was discovered because of blood dripping out of
the trunk, Tashima said.
Saito was also diagnosed with necrophilia, a sexual attraction to
dead bodies, Tashima said.