State Hospital patient who escaped to California indicted on identity theft charges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Hospital patient who walked away from the facility in November and jumped a plane to California has been indicted on escape and identity theft charges.

Randall Saito remains behind bars, where he's been since being snagged in California amid a nationwide manhunt.

On Thursday, Saito was indicted for second-degree escape and four counts of first-degree identity theft.

He had previously only been charged with escape.

Saito had been at the State Hospital for decades, since his acquittal by reason of insanity for the gruesome 1979 murder of Sandra Yamashiro at Ala Moana Center.

And in November, he masterminded an elaborate escape, grabbing a taxi from the State Hospital to a charter plane at the airport, flying to Maui, then getting onto a plane for San Jose.

After his arrest in California, he told reporters that he'd never been mentally ill and that he only claimed he was insane to avoid jail time.

The episode was a black eye for the state, and prompted a number of investigations, including into staff at the Hawaii State Hospital.

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