WASHINGTON - John Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan 35 years ago, was freed from a psychiatric hospital in Washington on Saturday, a report said.

Hinckley was released from St. Elizabeths Hospital, the Washington Post reported, citing his lawyer Barry Levine, who had confirmed that his client would leave in the morning.

Phyllis Jones, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Behavioral Health, told AFP that "all discharges planned for today have taken place" but said she could not comment on specific patients.

Levine was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP.

A federal judge ruled in July that Hinckley, 61, no longer poses a threat to himself or others and will be permitted to live with his 90-year-old mother in her gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia - under a strict set of conditions.

He has already been making extended visits to Williamsburg in recent years in preparation for his release.

Hinckley, who was declared not guilty on grounds of insanity, said after the March 30, 1981 shooting outside a Washington hotel that he wanted to kill Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster.