Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

D printed guns promoter detained in Taiwan

D printed guns promoter detained in Taiwan

While Taiwan does not have an extradition agreement with the US, police there have said they are cooperating with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force's investigation. And, in one message, Sanjuro identified himself as Cody Wilson, police said.

Austin, Texas, police commander Troy Officer told Fox that a friend of the victim is thought to have told Wilson that he was under investigation before he left.

Police said investigators interviewed the girl and on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest, but he had flown to Taiwan by then.

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).

A lawyer for Wilson, as well as representatives of the Austin police department and the US Marshals Service, were not immediately available for comment on Friday.

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Wilson and the girl met at a coffee shop August 15 and left together in a black Ford Edge, police said. The claim, which was originally reported to police by the victim's counselor, has allegedly been corroborated by multiple surveillance videos. His arrest ends a manhunt that began in Texas after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Wilson published downloadable gun blueprints on his website after reaching a deal with President Donald Trump's administration in June that ended a multi-year effort by the federal government to block him.

Wilson is a self-described "crypto-anarchist" at the center of a fierce legal battle over whether Americans should be able to print guns that would be unregulated and untraceable. The link was later terminated by law enforcement officials. 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.

Later that month, Wilson said he'd started selling the plans for producing plastic firearms using 3-D printers despite an injunction blocking it because of concerns about public safety. Last month a US judge ordered him not to post the blueprints online.

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