A sexual assault suspect, namely Gaoyang "Gary" Li, 20, was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport last week while trying to flee to China, police said.
In a statement to media, Irvine police said, the 20-year-old, was taken into custody on Friday, February 22 at the LAX airport.
Gaoyang is suspected of forcing a girl of 16 to perform oral sex on him in September 2018. The two had met on the Chinese dating app "Tan Tan".
JUST IN!!! @IrvinePolice have arrested a sex assault suspect at LAX who was caught trying to flee back to China. 20-yo Gaoyang "Gary" Li met the 16-yo victim using the apps WeChat and Tan Tan. He threatened to post a video of their sexual encounter on social media. more @nbcla pic.twitter.com/mRI4BO7dKF
— Ryan Bourgard (@socalhokie) February 28, 2019
The victim said in January that Gaoyang contacted her again and threatened to upload a video of the sexual act on the Internet and send it to her family and friends unless she gave him money.
After the girl reported the blackmail, police arrested him on February 6 on the University of California campus on suspicion of sexual assault.
Gaoyang was later released but the investigation into him is still going on. Authorities also believe that the suspect has a separate sexual battery case.
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