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Thursday, October 2, 2003



Escapee
takes advantage
of free buses

The State Hospital patient
should be considered dangerous


A Hawaii State Hospital escapee took advantage of this week's free city buses to get around town, according to Honolulu police.


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Nathan Keaulii, 36, escaped from the State Hospital at 45-710 Keaahala Road on Monday. Police said he is believed to be traveling by bus and was spotted several times Tuesday along King Street near the Bank of Hawaii main branch, near the federal building on Punchbowl Street and on Kuhio Avenue across from the International Market Place.

"We know he got on a bus," said CrimeStoppers Detective Letha DeCaires. "We have a confirmed sighting of him getting on the bus near King Street.

"Then later Tuesday night he was positively identified across from the International Market Place ... which is consistent with other cases because he's been picked up in Waikiki before."

Keaulii has 15 convictions dating to 1988. They include promoting dangerous drugs, promoting detrimental drugs, abuse of household member, theft, criminal trespass, probation revocation and contempt of court.

In 1998 Keaulii was arrested for a misdemeanor harassment offense and was acquitted by reason of insanity.

According to police Keaulii is also under court-ordered commitment to the State Hospital for a previous escape last year.

Police would not comment on how Keaulii escaped from the State Hospital except to say that there were no signs of forced exit.

Police said Keaulii has been known to frequent the Waianae, Manoa and Waikiki area, should be considered dangerous and is not to be approached.

Keaulii, who is also known as Kaleo, is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with a slim build, short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that people call 911 and describe Keaulii's location and the clothes he is wearing. Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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