Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a dangerous state hospital escapee, known as the “Jesus Bandit” on Kauai.
A CrimeStoppers alert was issued today, and police said Richard Leibman escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Saturday at approximately 6:40 p.m.
“Leibman walked out of an unlocked door while the staff was in the process of transitioning another patient. The staff chased him but lost sight when he entered the heavy brush area. He is considered dangerous,” police said.
Leibman is 38 and described as 5-foot-9 inches, 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Leibman has a history of escapes and resisting arrest.
He went missing in 2014 from Kahi Mohala and failed to appear at a status hearing at Lihue District Court on Dec. 4, 2014.
He tried to run from police on Feb. 15 when officers tried to arrest him near the parking lot of the Poipu Sands condominum. Kauai police said he kicked an officer several times while trying to scale a wall, but officers were still able to arrest him.
The Garden Island newspaper reported that residents on the North Shore gave him the nickname of the “Jesus Bandit,” because he wore a robe and had long hair and a beard.
He was arrested for tresspassing, burglary and other charges after police received complaints in 2014 that he was entering Princeville homes to take food and other belongings, the Garden Island reported.
Leibman was found unfit to stand trial and his mother tried to take him to Texas for mental health treatment, but he ran away at the Lihue Airport, the newspaper said.
Anyone with information about Leibman is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME via cellular phone. The public may now send anonymous text and web tips. Text “CS808” plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES