The ‘Bad Breath Rapist’ Captured After 16 Years on the Run

( – Every 68 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted — a startling statistic. The majority of victims experience their assault in their own homes. One of those many cases happened in 2005 when Tuen Lee (the Bad Breath Rapist) broke into his coworker’s home in Massachusetts and raped her. She worked at his family’s restaurant. Although he was quickly convicted of the heinous crime, he fled and hid from authorities — for 16 years. But the law never gave up and his freedom is now over.

On May 28, the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) Metro Team, the Quincy Police Department, and the US Marshals Service in Boston caught a break. They received information about Lee’s possible whereabouts across the country in California. Using images shared on social media, authorities believed they found the rapist living in a million-dollar home.

The law enforcement agencies coordinated with the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in California to surveil the residence. While leaving in a vehicle, Lee and his female companion were stopped by police. The criminal tried to present a fake name but finally confessed that he was the man they were looking for.

Lee had been in a relationship with the unidentified woman for 15 years in The Golden State, and she reportedly had no idea he was a convicted rapist. The criminal was taken to the Danville Police Department, where he was fingerprinted and positively identified as Lee. He is being held in custody in California, pending his transfer back to Massachusetts. That’s where he will be incarcerated.

Chief Inspector Sean LoPiccolo, acting Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force commander, commended the officers for their “unwavering dedication” in apprehending Lee after more than 16 years on the run.

LoPiccolo said he hopes his re-arrest will bring “peace of mind to the victim and her family.” Quincy Police Department Chief Mark Kennedy also relayed his gratitude to law enforcement for their hard work. Lee will be sentenced on June 20.

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