‘Bad Breath Rapist’ caught after 16 years on the run

A convicted sex predator known as the “Foul Breath Rapist” has been found in a multi-million dollar home and captured nearly 17 years after fleeing his trial in the US state of Massachusetts.

Tuen Lee was arrested on the other side of the country in an affluent California community where he had lived for more than a decade with his florist girlfriend, who had no idea of ​​his vicious past, according to Massachusetts State Police .

On February 2, 2005, Lee broke into the home of a waitress who worked at his family’s restaurant in Boston, held her at knifepoint, tied her hands to a bed and brutally raped her, police said at the time times, New York Post reported.

Although he was wearing a ski mask, investigators were able to identify him in part because the victim recognized the smell of her boss’s awful halitosis, police said.

DNA evidence also linked Lee, who allegedly used the fake name “Randy,” to the crime scene, where the victim’s boyfriend found her hours after the attack.

Lee was charged with rape and released on $100,000 (AU$150,456) cash bail before the trial – but disappeared not long before closing arguments in September 2007.

He had already fled the state when the jury returned the guilty verdict.

Authorities hunted the funky-mouthed fugitive for years — and Lee was even featured in an episode of America’s Most Wanted.

Earlier this year, investigators got a break in the case when they searched a multimillion-dollar home owned by a store owner in Diablo, Calif., the official release said.

Officers followed Lee and the unidentified woman, who they described as a longtime “companion,” as they left the home Tuesday and pulled them over in a traffic stop.

Lee initially gave a fake name, but later admitted his true identity, which was confirmed through fingerprints.

“His companion, after 15 years together in California, never knew who he really was,” state police said.

Lee is now being transported to the Danville Police Department for booking. His transfer to Massachusetts is pending.

“There are violent criminals out there who believe they can commit crimes and not be held accountable for their actions,” said Chief Inspector Sean LoPiccolo, head of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force.

“Tuen Lee has been on the run for more than 16 years, and the unwavering dedication of law enforcement to locate and arrest him hopefully brings peace of mind to the victim and her family,” he added.

Lee now faces life in prison.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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