Police Capture State Hospital Escapee
Updated On: Mar 23 2010 05:58:30 AM HST
A dangerous escapee from the Hawaii State Hospital was back in custody Monday night.
Police captured 28-year-old Alexander Aehegma at about 6:15 p.m. Monday, at Kokololio Beach Park in Laie. Kahuku police said several tips led them to Aehegma, who also called police to tell them exactly where he was. Police took him to the Kahuku police station for questioning.
The city prosecutor’s office told KITV-4 Aehegma was committed to the Hawaii State Hospital on October 22, 2009. The court declared him insane and acquitted him of first degree robbery charges.
Prosecutors say Aehegma was accused of a robbery at the Waikiki Shell early last year, in which he threatened his victim with a knife.
Aehegma has been in custody ever since.
According to police, Aehegma was attending a group meeting at the State Hospital at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday, when he was allowed to go to the restroom. He never returned.
Police captured Aehegma in Laie less than 24-hours after he escaped. He faces felony escape charges.
Although police caught up Aehegma, another State Hospital escapee remains on the loose.
David True Seal, 30, escaped from the facility in broad daylight last December. He was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping on Maui, but was acquitted by reason of insanity.
Police launched a massive search for Seal in Kaneohe, but said heavy rain hampered the search and washed away his scent and any remaining evidence.
Seal has not been captured.
The State Health Department insists the State Hospital does have security guards and staff who are trained to implement security measures. It said the hospital does not have a shortage of staff.
The hospital is improving its security fencing around areas of the facility that house the most unstable patients.
The Health Department said the State Hospital is a hospital and not a correctional facility, so its staff is not allowed to use restrictive methods. The department also said it is the courts that decide where to send people like Aehegma and Seal.
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