Cody Wilson ― 3D-printed gun creator, neo-Nazi funder and sexual assault suspect ― jetted to Taiwan after finding out that police in Austin, Texas, were after him.
An arrest affidavit filed this week in Travis County said Wilson, 30, had sex with a girl under the age of 17 on August 15 at the Archer Hotel in Austin and paid her $500. Authorities opened an investigation a week later.
While Taiwan has no formal extradition treaty with the US, and Wilson was not said to have been doing anything directly criminal in Taiwan, the press there reports that he was arrested without incident because the USA had revoked his passport, making his mere presence in Taiwan illegal.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which would likely be responsible for taking Wilson back to the United States, said in a statement it was aware of Wilson's arrest and was "fully engaged with our worldwide partners on this matter".
Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed.
Wilson is the founder of Defense Distributed, the focus of a legal and political battle over its placing on the internet blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3D printer.
The girl, according to the affidavit, said they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop before they drove to the hotel.
According to the affidavit, the teen said that she and "Sanjuro" texted each other inappropriate pictures.
Police said they are aware that Wilson travels often for business, but that they do not know why he went to Taiwan.
EBC reports authorities are planning on returning him to Texas, where he faces a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault. NIA officers checked with the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel located in the Songshan District of Taipei on September 20th to find that Wilson had suddenly checked out on the 7th even though Wilson had booked the hotel for three days.
But multiple states filed a joint lawsuit claiming Wilson endangered public safety through his actions, and a federal judge issued a temporary order prohibiting the distribution of the digital blueprints.