Mental health chief: Stabbing suspect escaped from hospital in 2009

Published On: Nov 07 2013 10:48:59 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 07 2013 04:21:37 PM HST

David True Seal

HILO, Hawaii -

State mental health officials say a 34-year-old man suspected of a fatal Mountain View stabbing had escaped in 2009 from Hawaii State Hospital on Oahu.

Adult mental health chief Dr. Mark Fridovich says David True Seal scaled a fence at the Kaneohe facility and has been sought for four years.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Seal more than a decade ago had been charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of an 8-year-old Maui girl.

He was acquitted in April 2002 by reason of insanity and committed to the mental hospital.

Police in Hilo have charged Seal with second-degree murder.  He is being held without bail pending his initial court appearance on Friday.

Police say he is suspected of fatally stabbing 32-year-old Rory Thompson Wick, who was found Tuesday on a street in Eden Roc Subdivision.

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