Patient with violent history caught after escaping from state hospital

Updated: Sep. 26, 2017 at 2:26 PM HST
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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A patient with a reported history of violence was apprehended by police on Tuesday afternoon, hours after he was reported escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital, according to state officials.

Students at Windward Community College in Kaneohe were sent an email alert asking them to be on alert after 25-year-old Rhegan Kinoshita left the nearby facility without permission.

Kinoshita – described as 5'9" inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes – was reported escaped at around 10:50 a.m., according to the email.

A second email, sent to students at around 1:40 p.m., relayed that he had been taken back into police custody.

Sheriffs assisted in the search for Kinoshita, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

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