As Cody Wilson remains on the run, biometrics can locate him
It has been more than a day since Austin Police announced Cody Wilson has been charged with sexual assault of a child after allegedly paying $500 to a 16-year-old girl for sex, and he is still on the run, most likely still in Taipei, Taiwan.
Even though we have not heard from Wilson since this announcement, biometrics expert John Caras says he's bound to surface.
"At some point, he will pop up on the radar," said Caras, the founder of Austin-based company Telebiometrics.
Wilson, who is most know for the controversy surrounding his 3D printable ghost guns company, was in Taiwan, and missed his flight back to the United States, after police say he may have been tipped off on the charges he was facing.
Caras says it may not be hard to locate him. He says Wilson already left biometric traces when he arrived in Taiwan. "If he comes in with a passport from another country, they're going to ask him to do a fingerprint scan anyway," Caras said.
Biometrics is the use of physical and psychological profiles to identify people.
Wilson's has made so many media appearances because of the controversy surrounding him and his company. Because of this, Caras believes authorities have close to a complete physical and psychological profile of the well-known Austinite. "If they can collect all of this information, and they can centralize it, then they can push it to different parts to go search," he said.
Caras says social media will likely be the most important biometric tool in this case, though not necessarily Wilson's personal accounts. "If he's walking around at a cafe in Taiwan, and someone takes a selfie, and he's in the background, they can actually pull that out. They can narrow down the search to a very specific city or region within so many miles," he said,
Even if he's careful, Caras believes he will slip up somewhere. "He's going to be smart, but he's a creature of habit, and people who have habits, make mistakes."
The U.S. and Taiwan do not have an extradition agreement. Taiwan is not a member of Interpol, the agency most likely to apprehend Wilson. However, the two have worked together in the past.