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State Hospital escapee cleared for extradition

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    Escaped hospital patient Randall Saito points to a guard as he sits in an inmate visitor’s booth at San Joaquin County Jail. The state of California has cleared the extradition for Saito.

The state of California has cleared the extradition of Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito.

Saito was served with a warrant today in San Joaquin Superior Court authorizing extradition back to Hawaii, Attorney General Doug Chin said in a press release.

San Joaquin County Judge Michael Mulvihill set a status conference for Jan. 5 on the specifics of the extradition.

Chin’s office said it has made arrangements with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to have Saito returned on a non-commercial flight.

Saito, 59, is considered dangerous and has a violent past, including the random murder of a woman 38 years ago at the Ala Moana Center parking lot. He was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity and had been committed at Hawaii State Hospital since 1981.

He walked out of Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe on the morning Sunday, Nov. 12, got a taxi to the airport and then a charter plane to Maui before catching another flight to San Jose, Calif. before authorities were notified that he was missing.

Police in Stockton, Calif. arrested Saito three days after his escape thanks to a tip from a taxi driver.

Saito faces felony escape charges for leaving the Hawaii State Hospital. An investigation into the circumstances of his escape is ongoing.

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