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State Hospital escapee arrested for murder on Big Island

Victim, from Mountain View, is a friend of the suspect

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:54 p.m. HST, Nov 06, 2013

David Seal, an alleged child molester who escaped four years ago from Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, was arrested Tuesday on Hawaii island for allegedly killing his Puna neighbor and high school friend.

He allegedly stabbed Rory Wick, a 1999 graduate of Hana High School on Maui. He and Seal, two years Wick's senior, hung out together and were good friends, said Ha'aheo Kalani, Wick's classmate.

Seal was committed to the Kaneohe facility in 2002 after his acquittal by reason of insanity for the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Maui girl.

Hawaii County police said Seal is in custody at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree murder for the stabbing of the 32-year-old man in the Eden Roc subdivision of Puna. No charges have been filed.

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false wrote:
Opps forgot about this guy?
on November 6,2013 | 11:42AM
paniolo wrote:
Escaped in 2009 and no law enforcement agency put out an alert at airports for him? Any criminal can just hop on a plane and leave the island or state without anyone knowing.
on November 6,2013 | 11:46AM
allie wrote:
on November 6,2013 | 03:09PM
Pocho wrote:
Allie, looks like another Local to me, don't you think?
on November 6,2013 | 11:53AM
Fred01 wrote:
For sure!
on November 6,2013 | 11:56AM
Grimbold wrote:
How do "Locals" look? Obviously the people of many races grew up here, which makes them "local". Or does Pocho think only dark skinned ones are local and the fairer skinned ones must remain tranplants?
on November 6,2013 | 12:52PM
allie wrote:
Hey! Why lett his man wander away from the hospital to kill? makes no sense.
on November 6,2013 | 03:08PM
loria wrote:
Two spelling errors in second paragraph.
on November 6,2013 | 12:13PM
gobows wrote:
From the State Hospital to Hilo? wtf....where'd he get $$ to buy a plane ticket??
on November 6,2013 | 12:13PM
gobows wrote:
Where'd he get the $$ to fly to Hilo?
on November 6,2013 | 12:13PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
After 32 years of living in Hawaii, why I am I NOT surprised!!!!
on November 6,2013 | 12:18PM
Grimbold wrote:
Yep , tropical inefficiency rules.
on November 6,2013 | 12:54PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Where are all you liberals who sanitized the penal system by having this "acquitted by reason of insanity" baloney. Whether insane or not, no violent person should be let out. Hawaii needs the death penalty.
on November 6,2013 | 12:55PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
The escapee Mr. Seal does appear to be a poster boy for capital punishment.
on November 6,2013 | 02:09PM
kalanik001 wrote:
so again why are we not treating violent offenders in jail? they have a separate module at occc, send them there. it would be safer for the staff, and the general public.
on November 6,2013 | 01:06PM
50skane wrote:
So they'll put him back into Kaneohe hospital because he was never cleared for release by the so called doctors and still considered mentally incompetent to stand trial for committing any crimes, and then he can escape again and kill again..wonderful system we have here.....
on November 6,2013 | 01:25PM
nitpikker wrote:
wow. for a crazy guy he did pretty well to evade capture and make his way to another island.
on November 6,2013 | 01:43PM
nitpikker wrote:
and doesn't he look like deedy?
on November 6,2013 | 02:24PM
iwanaknow wrote:
The apple didn't fall from the tree?
on November 6,2013 | 01:50PM
environmental_lady wrote:
Maybe he had a friend who took him on a boat to Hawaii. He might not have flown. Authorities should check flight records.
on November 6,2013 | 02:02PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
environmental, when should authorities check for flight records? From 2009 to 2013? It's a moot point by now, I would think.
on November 6,2013 | 02:55PM
kainalu wrote:
Like others, I'm wondering how he got himself to the Big Island?
on November 6,2013 | 03:39PM
Skyler wrote:
Hawaii needs the DP, like yesterday. Criminally insane? Too bad. Just goes to show you that you can't reform them.
on November 6,2013 | 04:22PM
HanabataDays wrote:
"The DP"? Seems like your verbalimentary tract's a little clogged this mornin'. Here's some KY for your DP.
on November 7,2013 | 02:18AM
royboy88 wrote:
that 8 year old girl would be 19 or 20 now. wonder if anyone warned her in those 4 years that he was out loose. his picture should have been plastered all over the place if he was that dangerous. sick maggot, I hope he gets what he deserves!
on November 6,2013 | 04:43PM
RandolphW wrote:
David Seal is just another expensive criminal.
on November 6,2013 | 05:12PM
itsok wrote:
I'm confused...they state the victims name, 32-year-old Rory Wic, then later state "His identity is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family". What? I hope the family didn't read about it here?
on November 6,2013 | 07:42PM
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