3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson reportedly arrested in Taiwan


Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas, Aug. 1, 2018.

In a statement supplied to BuzzFeed News, Taiwan's National Immigration Agency said because Wilson had "lost a valid travel document, he no longer has a legal status to stay in Taiwan". Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge.

Wilson flew to Taipei, Tawan after allegedly being told by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and he was being investigated for sex with a minor.

Taiwan and the United States don't have an official extradition treaty, however, the U.S. Marshal Service released a statement saying they are "fully engaged with our global partners on this matter". "We are fully engaged with our global partners on this matter".

Wilson was then, according to The New York Times, "delivered.to the National Immigration Agency" in Taiwan.

Wilson is the founder and director of Defense Distributed, a nonprofit that publishes open-source gun designs.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police.

On September 19th a warrant for Wilson's arrest was filed in Travis County, Texas for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Wilson courted the 16-year-old victim on a dating website designed for successful men to meet younger women. And, in one message, Sanjuro identified himself as Cody Wilson, police said. They also reviewed surveillance videos and digital valet receipts.

"We know that Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business", Officer said. He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities.

It is not clear why he went to Thailand specifically, Officer said.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) last night (Sept. 20) announced that Wilson had signed a contract to rent a studio for half a year yesterday afternoon.

Over the summer, however, a federal judge temporarily stopped him from putting gun blueprints online and in August, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction, after a coalition of states and the District of Columbia said making plastic weapons available would create a public safety issue.