Cody Wilson reportedly signed lease for Taipei apartment
By Chris Eger
Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, roughly the state’s version of the FBI, have begun a “preventive investigation” into Wilson’s whereabouts. (Photo: DefDist)
The controversial 3D gun pioneer may be settling into a new life in non-extradition Taiwan as authorities in the U.S. are requested assistance in locating him.
Wilson, 30, owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed, is the subject of a Travis County arrest warrant for sexual assault of a juvenile under 17 years of age. Believed to have traveled to Taiwan prior to the warrant after a tip that police were investigating him, he missed a return flight to the U.S.
Local media in Taipei report that the gun enthusiast arrived there on Sept. 6 and has since signed a six-month lease for an apartment, putting down about $1,200 for a deposit and first month’s rent.
The Taiwan Times reported that, while the country does not have a formal extradition agreement with the U.S., the leasing agent for the apartment in Taipei’s picturesque Zhongzheng District contacted police after news of the allegations surfaced. The South China Morning Post, one of the largest English-language newspapers in Asia, reported that the 3D-printed gun maker was on the run in Taiwan in their print edition on Thursday.