Published: Sat, September 22, 2018

Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson

Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson

The Taiwanese news agency said the island's immigration department would make arrangements for Wilson to return to the soon as possible.

Wilson then missed a scheduled flight home on Wednesday, prompting police in Austin to seek help from the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Although there's no extradition treaty between the US and Taiwan, the American Institute of Taiwan moved to cancel Wilson's passport, meaning he'll no longer have a legal travel document, making deportation to the USA possible, according to the news report.

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson was arrested at a hotel in Taipei City's Wanhua District at around 6pm local time in Taipei today, according to reports in Taiwanese outlets The Liberty Times (Chinese, Google Translate) and United Daily News (Chinese, Google Translate). Police issued a warrant for his arrest following a sexual assault charge with a child, a second-degree felony that Officer said could put him behind bars for up to 20 years.

The arrest was reported on Friday morning by a local CBS affiliate in Austin, TX, where police had filed an affidavit against Wilson on Wednesday, alleging that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl he met on a "sugar daddy" website.

The charge stems from a call Austin police received from a teen girl who said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson on August 15, according to an arrest affidavit filed the following week.

The pair met in person at a coffee shop in South Austin before going to a hotel, where Wilson allegedly assaulted the teen and paid her $500 in cash.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police.

In a court filing this week, Wilson was accused of having sex with the girl at an Austin hotel last month.

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed is interviewed by ABC News. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

Law enforcement officials worry the guns are easy to hide and are untraceable since there's no requirement for the firearms to have serial numbers.

A self-described "crypto anarchist", Wilson is best known for his efforts to promote 3D-printed firearm technology and popularize the assembly of so-called "ghost guns".

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