Suspect in Alleged Sexual Assault, Extortion of 16-Year-Old Irvine Girl Arrested at LAX: Police

A sexual assault suspect was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport while trying to leave the United States, the Irvine Police Department said in a news release Wednesday.

Gaoyang “Gary” Li, 20, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Irvine Police Department on Feb. 27, 2019.

Gaoyang “Gary” Li, 20, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Irvine Police Department on Feb. 27, 2019.

Gaoyang “Gary” Li, 20, was "attempting to return to China" on Friday and was taken into custody at the airport, detectives said.

Last month, a 16-year-old girl reported meeting Li on the Chinese dating app "Tan Tan" and agreeing to meet him in person on September 9, 2018.

The victim told police that Li then forced her to perform oral sex.

On January 29, the suspect contacted the girl again and threatened to post a video of the sexual assault on social media and send it to her friends and family, if she didn't give him money, according to Irvine Police.

Authorities found Li on the University of California Irvine campus and arrested him on February 6. He was later released from custody while the investigation continued, according to police.

Records showed that Li was a student, but it was unclear whether he attended UCI.

Li was also a suspect in another sexual battery case in Irvine, police said.

Authorities did not provide information on the second case.

Li was being held at an Orange County jail on $1 million bail, according to public arrest records.

Detectives believe there may be other victims.

Anyone who has information or believes that they are a victim was urged to call Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or email ghudson@cityofirvine.org.

No further information was immediately available.

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