Man behind Waikiki rampage requests early release from hospital

Allen Pitts, left, with attorney Neal Kugiya

A man who went on a Waikiki rampage in a stolen dump truck is asking to be released early from Hawaii State Hospital.

In June 2013, Allen Pitts took the dump truck, hit two parked police cars with officers still inside, then drove the wrong way down Kalakaua Avenue.

He was charged with several counts of property damage, operating a stolen vehicle and reckless endangerment.

Last September, a judge ordered Pitts into custody of the hospital after he was acquitted by reason of insanity.

Neal Kugiya, Pitts’ attorney, said Pitts has been doing well since then and even took medication for a brief period.

“He was taking medication for several months and he’s been off medication and preliminarily he’s been doing well,” he said. “I think basically it’s finding a proper placement for him and in an environment that suits him.”

Kugiya requested that Pitts be placed in a residential facility.

“This is like the last leg of his journey,” he said. “I think we should take our time and really be careful as far as selecting a proper institution for him.”

No decision was made Wednesday to let Pitts out of custody, but the judge will revisit the situation again in July.

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