UPDATE: Police Capture Hawaii State Hospital Escapee
|Reported by: Ron Mizutani|
Last Update: 3/22 8:02 pm
Police responded to Kokololio Beach Park early Monday evening after receiving tips from the public about Alexander Aehegma's whereabouts.
Aehegma was arrested there without incident, and transported back to Hawaii State Hospital where he will undergo medical tests.
Another patient from the Hawaii State Hospital is on the run, the second escapee in four months. And like the previous case, this patient is also a registered sex offender.
Alexander Aehegma has nine previous charges including sex assault, robbery and abuse. At 8-20 Sunday night, the 28-year-old Aehegma walked a way from a group meeting at a Kaneohe church to go to the bathroom and never returned.
"After failing to return for approximately 10-to-15 minutes they went and checked on him and he has not been seen so obviously he fled from the area," said Sgt. Kim Buffet of Crimestoppers.
Last May, Aehegma was featured on a Crime Stoppers television program, Hawaii Island's Most Wanted for violating terms of conditional release in a kidnapping, sexual assault and felony abuse case. He was acquitted of those charges due to mental incapacity. He was committed to the state hospital last October.
"He is an escapee so unknown you know he might fight off to not want to go back so we ask that nobody approach him and that they call 911 or Crimestoppers," says Buffet.
Aehegma is 5-foot-9, weighs 150 pounds and has red hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing long pants, a tan collared shirt and athletic shoes.
He is the second escapee in four months. On December 3, 2009, 30-year-old David True Seal climbed over a 15-foot chain-link fence at the state hospital. He was spotted near the Stairway to Heaven two hours later but hasn't been seen since.
"I don't think anybody knows where he is or if they're casing him its certainly not public," said state Sen. Clayton Hee who represents the Kaneohe district.
Seal was committed to the hospital after he was acquitted by reason of insanity of attempted sex assault and kidnapping of a young girl in 2000.
Lawmakers say the hospital sees about six escapes a year and numerous assaults. Due to budget cuts, private security guards patrol the property.
"It makes you wonder how safe is that facility not only to the community that neighbors the hospital but to the students at Windward Community College and its faculty," said Hee. "I hate to say it but people wonder if when's the next one?"