‘Bad breath rapist’ from Boston caught after 16 years in California : NPR

A man known as the “bad breath rapist” was arrested in California’s Contra Costa County, nearly 16 years after he escaped conviction for sexually assaulting a coworker in Massachusetts. Tuen Kit Lee was found guilty in a 2007 trial of the kidnapping and rape of a young woman at knifepoint at her home in Quincy, south of Boston.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced Lee’s arrest on Tuesday, stating that investigators were able to track him to California after images of him surfaced on social media. U.S. Marshals and police officers apprehended Lee on Tuesday, after pulling over his car and pressuring him about his true identity. He was later identified via fingerprints.

Lee went on the run before he was to be sentenced, and officials kept the case alive in the media, with Lee’s photo appearing several times on TV’s “America’s Most Wanted.” His female companion in California, with whom he had been living for 15 years, was reportedly unaware of his true identity.

Investigators said Lee broke into the victim’s Massachusetts home on Feb. 2, 2005, and raped her. He was ultimately identified by DNA and his unpleasant breath, which led to his nickname “The Bad Breath Rapist.”

Lee is currently being held by police in California, pending his expected transfer to Massachusetts. It is not known if he has an attorney to comment on his case.