Texan running 3-D printed guns company arrested in Taiwan

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

Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge. He missed a scheduled flight back to the United States after leaving the country before police could interview him, Texas authorities said at a news conference Wednesday.

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.

A U.S. Marshals wanted poster shows Cody Wilson, the Texas man at the center of the 3-D printed guns debate, who is wanted for alleged sex crimes involving a teen girl.

Staffers at the Zhongzheng Second police precinct in Taipei, Taiwan, where the media outlet Taiwan News reported the apprehension, were familiar with the case but could not confirm any arrest because of the late hour there, they told ABC News.

Austin police Friday directed ABC News to the U.S. Marshals Service, which has assumed the lead in the investigation. Police allege in an affidavit filed September 19, that Wilson had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

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The victim met Wilson on sugardaddymeet.com, a website that bills itself as the "Best Sugar Daddy Dating Site for Attractive Women and Wealthy Men Seeking Mutually Beneficial Relationships".

He said before Wilson flew there, a friend of the 16-year-old girl informed Wilson that police were investigating the accusation that he had sex with the youth.

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). He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities. The claim, which was originally reported to police by the victim's counselor, has allegedly been corroborated by multiple surveillance videos.

The files could previously be downloaded for nothing, but a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction last month that blocked the posting of the blueprints online.

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