The Hawaii State Hospital patient escaped in November and flew to the mainland.
Randall Saito’s return to Hawaii has been cleared by the state of California.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced Friday that Saito, who escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in November, was served with a warrant Friday in San Joaquin Superior Court.
San Joaquin County Judge Michael Mulvihill set a status conference for Jan. 5, according to a press release, “to track arrangements for the physical transfer of Saito back to Hawaii.”
The AG’s office said it has made arrangements with the United States Marshal’s Service to have Saito returned to Hawaii on a noncommercial flight.
Once back in Hawaii, Saito will face felony escape charges for leaving the hospital on Nov. 12.
Saito was able to catch a taxi near the Kaneohe facility and drive to the leeward side of Oahu. He chartered a small flight to Maui and then a commercial flight to San Jose.
He was soon apprehended in Stockton following a manhunt.
Separate administrative and criminal investigations of the circumstances related to the incident “are ongoing,” according to the office.
Saito has been likened to a serial killer by prosecutors.
He has been ordered to stay in the hospital since 1981, two years after he was acquitted of a murder of a 29-year-old woman by reason of insanity.
Chad Blair is the politics and opinion editor for Civil Beat. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.
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