Taiwan searching for Austin 3D gun company owner accused of sex with underage girl

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

The international search for 3D gun maker Cody Wilson intensified. Wednesday, the Austin Police Department issued an arrest warrant about the sexual assault of a minor, and now the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is assisting in the hunt.

Wilson was last seen in Taipei, Taiwan, before Austin Police say he did not return on a scheduled flight back to the US. There is no confirmation that’s where Wilson still is, but the government of Taiwan is also working with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to track him down.

Wilson made a name for himself in the controversy over 3D printable guns, but because the criminal charge he is facing is not politically charged -- one security expert I talked to says most governments around the world would be happy to turn Wilson over to the United States.

Fred Burton, a global security and terrorism expert and chief security officer of Austin-based Stratfor says technology, and Wilson’s digital footprint, will play a part in hunting Wilson. “When you start looking at some countries, like for example, let's say Taiwan, they've got a pretty good handle on who's coming at going at the embassy, so I would venture to guess it won't take long to put him in handcuffs - and back on a plane to the United States,” he said.

We did stop by Defense Distributed, Wilson's 3D printable gun business here in Austin. There, an employee told us that they expected to put out press release in the next two days, and when I asked if he had heard from Wilson directly, told me that he had no comment.

Wednesday, Austin Police said Wilson is accused of sexually assaulting a sixteen-year-old girl he met on the website last month.

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