Kauai Police Department asks public for help in finding missing man

LIHUE — A man the court allowed to travel off-island for outpatient mental health care reportedly disappeared at the Lihue airport.

The Kauai Police Department is asking for the public’s help with finding Richard Isaac Leibman, 35, of Princeville, who was last seen at the airport on July 23. He was to travel to Texas with his mother when he disappeared and has not made contact with his family since.

Leibman is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 140 pounds with a thin build. He is of Caucasian descent with blue eyes and light brown hair.

Leibman’s mother, Alla Royss, said in past court hearings that Leibman had refused to join her on the Mainland. She said he had changed his mind at the airport previously and refused to get out of the car.

Leibman was released from Kauai County Correctional Center by 5th Circuit Court on the condition that he go to Texas and continue his treatment in close proximity to family.

He had been under observation at Hawaii State Hospital earlier this year until found fit to proceed to trial in two cases.

Royss was considered Leibman’s legal guardian as an adult defendant and her assets prevented him from qualifying for public defender services.

She attempted to have him declared indigent to qualify for public defender services should he remain on-island.

Leibman was charged with unlawfully entering a private residence in Kekaha and committed burglary and theft in September 2011.

He was found fit to proceed in another case and pleaded no contest earlier this year to fourth-degree theft.  Leibman was sentenced to time served but was arrested after charges were filed again in the first case. He had previously escaped police and trespassed on other property.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call KPD Dispatch at 241-1711, Investigative Services Bureau, 241-1696, or Crime Stoppers, 241-1887.

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