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Hawaii psychopath arrested in California after fleeing to San Jose

By Owen Bower, Staff Writer

On Nov. 12, a psychopath by the name of Randall Saito was arrested four days after escaping from a mental hospital and fleeing to San Jose. Sgt. Chris Kim of the Honolulu police released information that Saito was headed to his brother’s home in Stockton. He would eventually be arrested by the San Joaquin police on Nov. 15 after a taxi driver reported his whereabouts.
The Hawaii Department of Health Director, Virginia Pressler, announced that a number of the employees at the mental hospital where Saito was staying will be placed on unpaid leave for 30 days. Janice Okubo, a spokeswoman for the department, said, “The incident was a result of a major breakdown in our Hawaii State Hospital staff protocols, procedures and guidelines.”
In addition, a psychiatrist said that Saito had six significant relationships while he was in the hospital, including his first and second wife. Three of the six women were hospital staff members.
In 1979, Saito was brought to court for the murder of Sandra Yamashiro who he shot in the face with a pellet gun and then stabbed her to death. Saito and Yamashiro had no prior relationship before the incident, as it has been reported that he chose her from random at the biggest mall in Hawaii. Two years later, Saito was found innocent by the reason of insanity and would be committed to the mental hospital on the island of Oahu.
During the hearings that decided whether Saito would be freed or not, prosecutor Jeffrey Albert said, “He is a psychopathic predator whose mental condition continues to represent a serious danger to the community.” Albert also stated that Saito “fills all the criteria of a classic serial killer.” As a threat to the community, Saito will be carefully be watched with high end security especially after escaping from a mental institution.

Outline:
On Nov. 12, Randall Saito, violent psychopath, was arrested four days after escaping a mental hospital and fleeing to San Jose. The Honolulu police had information that Saito was headed to his brothers home in Stockton, says Sgt. Chris Kim. He was arrested by the San Joaquin police on Nov. 15, after taxi driver called them.
Hawaii Department of Health Director Virginia Pressler announced on Nov. 15 that a number of the employees at the mental hospital where Saito was staying, will be placed on unpaid leave for 30 days.“The incident was a result of a major breakdown in our Hawaii State Hospital staff protocols, procedures and guidelines,” Janice Okubo, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, which runs the hospital.
Additionally, in 2010 a psychiatrist said Saito had six significant relationships since he was committed, including his first and second wife. Three of the six were hospital staff members.
In 1979, Saito was brought to court for the murder of Sandra Yamashiro who was shot in the face with a pellet gun and then stabbed to death. Saito never met the woman and chose her from random at the biggest mall in Hawaii, Ala Moana Center. Two years later, Saito was found innocent by reason of insanity and was committed to the mental hospital on Oahu.
“He is a psychopathic predator whose mental condition continues to represent a serious danger to the community,” said the prosecuting attorney Jeffrey Albert during one of hearings to decide if Saito should be freed. Albert also said he “fills all the criteria of a classic serial killer.” Saito is a obviously should be watched with security because he is a dangerous person.