Hawaii State Hospital escapee Allen Pitts arrested

Allen Pitts

An escapee from the Hawaii State Hospital was arrested Monday night in Waikiki.

Allen Pitts was found on Kalia Road at 11:10 p.m.

He escaped from the facility sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, by breaking a window.

Officials discovered he was missing at 8 a.m. Sunday during a bed check.

Two years ago, Pitts was ordered into the hospital’s custody after being acquitted by reason of insanity for a June 2013 rampage through Waikiki.

We pressed the Hawaii Department of Health, which runs the state hospital, for details. Officials wouldn’t address specifics, but say the hospital will conduct a thorough evaluation into the incident.

“This type of situation points to really the need for the hospital to address the patient overcrowding condition as well as the need for a facility that has higher security,” said DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

“You keep mentioning the overcrowding part. So are we blaming this on the overcrowding of why Mr. Pitts escaped?” KHON2 asked.

“I can’t say specifically about that incident, the things that led to it, or what contributed to it,” she replied, “but certainly overcrowding is something we’re concerned about. It puts a stress on the staff and makes it more challenging, the working conditions.”

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