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For Immediate Release

September 20, 2018

Brandon Filla, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Texas - Austin (512) 916-5393;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
***Cody Wilson was Apprehended on September 21, 2018*** read more
Wanted in the Capital City of Texas
Sought for Sexual Assault

Lone Star Fugitive Task Force LogoAustin, TX – The Austin Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Sept. 19 to locate and apprehend an Austin man wanted for an Aug. 15 sexual assault of a juvenile female.

Cody Rutledge Wilson, 30, a known gun enthusiast in Austin and owner of Defense Distributed, which is listed as a nonprofit, private defense firm, was last observed on video surveillance driving a 2015 black Ford Edge sport utility vehicle registered to the business, and may have fled the Austin area, according to authorities.

Austin police obtained an arrest warrant from the 427th District Court in Travis County for Wilson for sexual assault. According to the affidavit, a counselor contacted the police Aug. 22 and advised authorities that a juvenile female, under the age of 17, had sex with a 30-year-old male, who was later identified to be Wilson.

The police investigation determined that Wilson initially engaged with the juvenile on the and met the girl at a coffee shop in South Austin before going to a North Austin Hotel, where Wilson allegedly assaulted the juvenile and paid her $500 in cash.

The U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information concerning Wilson’s location you are encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals tip line at (512) 800-4213 where your identity will remain anonymous.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

  • Austin Police Department-Tactical Intelligence Unit
  • Buda, Cedar Park, Kyle, Leander, Round Rock, San Marcos Police Department
  • Travis, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Attorney General’s Office
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. DHS/Homeland Security Investigations
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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