Hawaii Cops on the Hunt for ‘Jesus Bandit’

Richard Isaac Leibman (thegardenisland.com)
Richard Isaac Leibman (thegardenisland.com)

Hawaii cops are on the hunt for a man known as the “Jesus Bandit.”

Kauai newspaper The Garden Island reports that Richard Isaac Leibman is wanted by police after missing a hearing at Lihue District Court on Dec. 4. Leibman, who area residents describe as the “Jesus Bandit” because of his long beard and robe, has allegedly burgled numerous homes on the island’s north shore over the past four years.

Kilauea resident Leo McCarthy said he saw Leibman near Secret Beach on Kauai’s north shore on Saturday, Jan. 10, but when police arrived, the spry, 140-pound Leibman scurried up a cliff and escaped.

It’s not the first time Leibman has eluded police. In 2011, he allegedly burgled a house in Kekaha, but fled when police tried to arrest him the following day. He was later apprehended, but was released in July of 2013 provided that he continue mental health treatment near his family in Texas. When his mother brought him to the Lihue airport, Leibman ran away, hiding around Kauai’s north shore again.

In March, 2014, Leibman was arrested on a Princeville golf course after residents told the police that he broke into their homes and took food and other personal property.

Leibman’s trial for these charges was suspended when a doctor deemed Leibman unfit for trial, the office of the district attorney for Kauai County told The Huffington Post, . Leibman was then sent to a Hawaii State Hospital but absconded.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
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