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    California to Extradite Escaped Hawaii Psychiatric Patient
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    This photo provided by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office shows Randall Saito being arrested in Stockton, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Saito, who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Hawaii, was captured as the result of a tip from a taxi cab driver. (San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to the Bay Area will be sent back to the islands.

    The Hawaii attorney general's office said Friday the state of California issued a warrant authorizing Randall Saito's extradition.

    The attorney general's office says it's arranged with the U.S. Marshal's Service to have Saito return on a non-commercial flight.

    San Joaquin County Judge Michael Mulvihill scheduled a Jan. 5 hearing to discuss the extradition.

    Saito has been a Hawaii State Hospital patient for nearly four decades since being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman's murder.

    He walked out of the hospital on Nov. 12 and took a taxi to the airport. Police arrested him in Stockton three days later.


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