Texas 3D-Printed Gun Company Owner Arrested In Taiwan

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

Cody Wilson, the Austin man who gained national attention for attempting to make blueprints for 3D-printed guns available online, was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday, according to Taiwanese media reports.

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 alleged victim, who has not been named, said that she had been paid $500 to have sex with the man in a hotel and that she had met the man, who used the name 'Sanjuro, ' through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com, CBS Austin reported. 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. Officer added that Wilson may have been tipped off that he was wanted by police prior to leaving for Taiwan after "a friend of the victim" told him that authorities "were investigating him for having sex with a minor". "The AIT will determine how Mr Wilson shall be handled".

According to the police investigation, Wilson signed a contract with the real estate agency on the 19th, the same day that the arrest warrant was issued. He was charged on September 19 with sexual assault of a minor - a felony.

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According to Taiwan news site United Daily News, Wilson signed a rental agreement for an apartment in Taipei this week.

Since the USA agencies still needed to make a request for deportation, CIB did not place Wilson under arrest on the 20th. The document was canceled by the American Institute, the de facto USA embassy in Taiwan. The American Institute of Taiwan cancelled Wilson's passport and Taiwan's National Immigration Agency said he therefore no longer had a legal status in Taiwan and was "now urging the American Institute of Taiwan to issue a valid travel document for Mr. Wilson, so he can be deported back to the USA accordingly". Wilson went so far as to put a downpayment on the space, but the rental agency reportedly recognized him and called the authorities.

Authorities had seen Wilson on hotel security monitors earlier in the day, around 3pm local time. Since Wilson's passport was canceled, he was no longer legally in the country and was placed into custody.

Taiwan does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

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