A man described as a “classic serial killer” escaped from a state psychiatric hospital outside of Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday and reportedly flew to California.
Randall Saito, 59, was acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity, according to Time. He shot and repeatedly stabbed Sandra Yamashiro, a victim he reportedly picked at random, at a shopping mall in Honolulu. His attorneys tried to get Saito released in 2000, but prosecutors argued that Saito fit the profile of a “classic serial killer.”
In 1993, a court denied Saito’s request for conditional release, arguing that the man suffered from sexual sadism and necrophilia just as he did when he was committed 12 years earlier, according to local reports.
Saito has reportedly flown to California using an alias, and it is unclear if he remains in the state. The FBI and US Marshals have joined in a massive manhunt to find him.
The escapee was last caught on camera in a cab on his way to the airport in Oahu.
"He is a very dangerous individual," Wayne Tashima, a Honolulu prosecutor said. He warned people not to approach Saito if they spot him, adding that it is possible he could repeat the "very heinous and violent offense.”
“We still consider [Saito] a high risk of danger even though it’s been 30 years since the crime was committed,” he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
“I just hope they find him soon,” he said.
Saito has been charged with felony escape. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.
[Photos: Maui Police Department]