Texan running 3-D printed guns company arrested in Taiwan

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2018

The alleged victim, an unnamed 16-year-old girl from Central Texas, told a counselor she'd had sex with Wilson Aug. 15, 2018, in an Austin hotel before he paid her $500, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court. Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge.

While Taiwan has no formal extradition treaty with the USA, 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 US had revoked his passport, making his mere presence in Taiwan illegal.

Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a company that deals in software and hardware to facilitate home weapon printing and machining.

Cody Wilson, left, was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday for charges sexual assault in Texas.

"Mr. Wilson is not in custody", Trey Officer of the Austin Police Department said Wednesday at a press conference. The girl said that she'd met the man on SugarDaddyMeet.com and that he'd used the screen name "Sanjuro", according to police.

Texas and federal authorities launched an global manhunt for Wilson after learning of his whereabouts overseas and that he missed a scheduled return flight home.

Cody Wilson holds printed gun
Cody Wilson holds a 3D printed gun called the “Liberator,” in his factory in Austin Texas on Aug. 1 2018

Austin police Friday directed ABC News to the U.S. Marshals Service, which has assumed the lead in the investigation.

She said that he later identified himself as "Cody Wilson" and claimed to have been 'a big deal'.

The girl, according to the affidavit, said they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop before they drove to the hotel. They said the vehicle was similar to a 2015 black Ford Edge registered with Wilson's business, Defense Distributed.

The owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns has been arrested in Taiwan, CBS News has confirmed. Investigators said they were able to corroborate the victim's story by reviewing phone records and surveillance video from the locations they were together.

Wilson flew to Taipei on September 6.

Wilson announced in August that he is selling 3D-printed gun blueprints through his website after the federal court blocked him from posting them online for free.

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