Escaped Hawaii killer who fled to California pleads not guilty

Escaped Hawaii killer who fled to California pleads not guilty

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Hospital patient who escaped from the facility and fled to California, setting off a nationwide manhunt, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Randall Saito appeared in court after being extradited back to the islands for the November escape.

He faces several second-degree felony escape charges.

When he escaped from the facility, Saito had several high-quality fake IDs, including one that helped him get on a flight to California, investigators say.

Court documents say Saito was caught with multiple IDs with convincing-looking holograms.

Saito wanted to eventually get to Australia to avoid extradition, the documents said.

Before his escape from the State Hospital, Saito allegedly used a smartphone, which is banned, to book and pay for his own $1,400 charter flight to Maui. He used a different ID to board that flight. He went by the alias Alvin Pimento to fly to Maui and then to California.

When he was caught three days after his escape, Saito had nearly $6,400 in cash on him.

Saito's trial has been set for March. He's being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center on $500,000 cash bail.

This story  may be updated. 

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