Source says massive fugitive known as ‘bad breath rapist’ arrested after nearly 20 years on the run

A Massachusetts fugitive known as the “Bad Breath Rapist” has been arrested after nearly 20 years on the run, Boston 25’s Bob Ward reported.

Tuen Kit Lee, who disappeared during his 2007 rape trial, was captured in California after a lengthy manhunt that included work by U.S. marshals, Quincy police officers and a special task force, a source confirmed to Ward.

Lee, whose family owned the Kagawa restaurant in Quincy, raped a restaurant waitress after breaking into her home on Feb. 2, 2005.

According to investigators, Lee was masked, held the victim at knifepoint, tied her face down to the bed and sexually assaulted her. He left the victim tied to the bed, where she was found a few hours later by her boyfriend, who went to her home because he was unable to contact her by phone.

Among the evidence that Lee was the attacker was his foul breath, which the victim recognized. Officials say the media then called him a “bad breath rapist.”

After Lee’s arrest in 2007, he posted $100,000 bail.

After testifying at a trial in Norfolk Superior Court in 2007, Lee did not return to court for closing arguments, during which he was convicted in absentia and faces life in prison.

In August 2023, Massachusetts announced a $10,000 cash reward for tips leading to Lee’s arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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