‘Rapist with bad breath’ caught after 16 years on the run

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AND A fugitive known as the “Bad Breath Rapist” who had been on the run for more than a decade was captured in California on Tuesday, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Tuen Kit Lee was arrested Tuesday. According to a press release, Lee was found guilty of kidnapping and raping a young woman in Quincy, Massachusetts in 2005, but fled during his trial in September 2007. As CBS reported, he was nicknamed the “bad breath rapist” because the smell of his breath was one of the pieces of evidence that identified him.

According to the press release, authorities suspected Lee had fled Massachusetts but did not know where. According to CBS, Massachusetts State Police previously offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Lee’s arrest.

According to the press release, investigators with the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) learned that Lee was possibly located in Diablo, California. Investigative leads were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) in Northern California, which, in cooperation with the Danville Police Department, confirmed that Lee was in the area.

Massachusetts investigators traveled to California and, working with other law enforcement agencies, apprehended Lee on Tuesday – 16 years after he escaped.

“There are criminals who believe they can commit a crime and not be held accountable for their actions,” Chief Inspector Sean LoPiccolo, acting commander of the PSWRFTF, said in a press release. “Tuen Lee has been on the run for over 16 years, and law enforcement’s unwavering commitment to locating and arresting him will hopefully bring peace of mind to the victim and his family.”

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