KANEONE, Hawaii — A sadistic killer who had been deemed “ a classic serial killer” by prosecutors, has escaped from the Hawaii mental hospital where he has spent the past 36 years and is on the lam, police said.
Randall Toshio Saito, 59, walked out of the Hawaii State Hospital Tuesday morning and hasn’t been seen since. Police say that shortly after his disappearance, Saito boarded a plane from Oahu to Maui but his whereabouts after that are unknown.
Police say he should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.
Saito was acquitted by reason of mental insanity in the brutal murder of a Sandra Yamashiro, whom he shot and stabbed repeatedly at a Honolulu shopping mall in 1979. Prosecutors said he picked his victim at random.
He had been in the state mental hospital since 1981.
In 2000, his attorneys sought to have him released, but the move was denied by a judge after prosecutors objected, calling him a “classic serial killer.”
“He is a psychopathic predator whose mental condition continues to represent a serious danger to the community,” deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Albert said at the time.
In 1993, Saito’s request for conditional release was denied, with the court ruling that he still suffered from sexual sadism and necrophilia. Two years ago, a judge denied a motion for Saito to be allowed to leave the hospital’s grounds without an escort.