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POSTED: Friday, December 04, 2009

Police seek escapee from State Hospital

Police searched into the night yesterday for an escapee from the State Hospital in Kaneohe.

David True Seal escaped at 2:30 p.m. and was seen at about 4:15 p.m. near the entrance to the “;Stairway to Heaven”; hiking trail in Haiku Valley, which is inaccessible by car.

Police were using their helicopter and canine units to search the area last night.

Seal, 30, is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Seal was arrested Halloween night in 2001 after he allegedly grabbed an 8-year-old girl who was on Front Street in Lahaina with her mother and grandmother near a park fronting the library.

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Police said Seal was taking off the girl's clothes in a secluded area in the park when another man spotted them. Seal fled into Lahaina Harbor and was arrested, naked and hanging onto a buoy, outside the entrance to the harbor.

Seal was acquitted because of insanity, according to court records, and sent to the State Hospital.

Seal was last in court in June when his motion for conditional release was denied.

The public is asked to call 911 if they see Seal. Police encourage the public to use caution and advise against approaching him.

Single-car crash kills man in Kahuku area

A 47-year-old man died early yesterday after a single-vehicle crash on Kamehameha Highway near Pualalea Street in Kahuku.

Police said the man was driving his sport utility vehicle northbound on Kamehameha Highway at about 4:45 a.m. yesterday and, “;for no apparent reason,”; veered off the roadway onto the right grassy shoulder and crashed into a large ironwood tree.

Authorities said the man was treated and taken to Kahuku Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after.

This was the 49th Oahu traffic fatality thus far this year compared with 42 last year.

Homeless man on Maui is allegedly set ablaze

A 27-year-old homeless man reported to Maui police that he was set on fire while sleeping at the Paia Shell gas station early yesterday.

The man was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center where he was treated for second-degree burns to 50 percent of his body, police said.

Police are looking for another homeless man who is considered a person of interest in this case.

Police have classified the case as an attempted murder.