This undated photo provided by the Maui Police Department shows Randall Toshio Saito.
Sources told Hawaii News Now, that Randall Saito walked away from the State Hospital in Kaneohe on Sunday morning, got into a waiting cab and boarded the charter plane to Maui.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii authorities were searching Tuesday for a man described by a prosecutor as fitting the profile of a serial killer who escaped from the state's psychiatric hospital outside Honolulu and flew to Maui.
Maui County police said Saito flew to Maui shortly after he left the hospital, but they didn't know where he was.
In 2015, a judge denied a motion for Saito to be granted passes to leave the hospital's grounds without an escort.
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According to Hawaii News Now, state authorities alerted the community about the escape around 8 p.m Sunday, about 30 minutes after the transcontinental flight landed in San Jose.
Saito has been committed to the Hawaii State Hospital since 1981. Authorities asked anyone with information on Saito to call their local police.
Saito was acquitted by reason of insanity for the gruesome 1979 killing of 29-year-old Sandra Yamashiro.
A subsequent press release at 11 a.m. indicates that Saito did indeed "catch a flight off-island". But Jeff Albert, a deputy city prosecutor, objected, saying Saito "fills all the criteria of a classic serial killer". The department said it's investigating the escape.
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