The Hawaii State Hospital escapee, known on Kauai as the “Jesus Bandit,” was captured early this morning in Waikiki.
Richard Leibman, who escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday by walking out of “an unlocked door, was taken into custody by police at 1:48 a.m. on Kalia Road near the Halekulani Hotel.
Leibman, 38, now faces a second-degree escape charge. He is being held in the cell block at the main police station.
Leibman bolted Saturday through an unlocked door while workers were moving another patient.
Hospital staff chased the suspect, but lost in him the heavy brush near the Windward Oahu hospital.
Leibman has convictions for misdemeanor theft, assaulting police officers, resisting arrest and criminal contempt.
Leibman has a history of escapes, including one in 2014 when he went missing from Kahi Mohala.
The Garden Island newspaper reported that residents on Kauai’s North Shore gave him the nickname of the “Jesus Bandit” because he wore a robe and had long hair and a beard.