An escaped hospital patient being treated before facing charges for kidnapping sent police on a frantic hour-and-a-half manhunt until he was found at about 5 a.m. in Kfar Saba Thursday.

Michael Yaroslavsky, 50, was under guard at Meir Hospital in the central city when he escaped the medical center, Israel Radio reported.

Yaroslavsky is accused of kidnapping the wife of a millionaire businessman in Jerusalem three years ago and demanding a ransom for her.

A police helicopter crew was called in to aid police and Prisons Service officers in the manhunt when he went missing.