Authorities said on Thursday a manhunt for Austin yoga instructor accused of killing professional cyclist Moriah Wilson has ended six weeks after her arrest in Costa Rica.
Federal authorities say they plan to bring Kaitlin Armstrong back to the United States to face charges of murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The arrest comes about 50 days after authorities said Armstrong entered a home in Central Austin on May 11 and shot Wilson, who they said was a rival because of her boyfriend’s affections.
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On Wednesday, US police chiefs, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, working with authorities in Costa Rica, identified and arrested Armstrong at a motel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de Puntarenas.
Officials have yet to say when Armstrong, 34, will be able to return to the United States.
The incident has rocked the tight-knit cycling community, which comes three weeks before the sport’s flagship event in Kansas. Wilson, a rising star in gravel racing who this year has scored wins in nearly 10 races, is considered a championship contender.
The shooting also caught the eye of Colin Strickland, a cycling star who dated and lived with Armstrong but went swimming with Wilson before filming. Although Strickland was not charged, several of the companies that funded him ended those relationships after the incident.
The day after the shooting, detectives interviewed Armstrong and showed her video that showed a vehicle similar to hers pulling up to the home where Wilson was staying. Wilson, who lives in San Francisco, is staying at a friend’s house preparing for a race next weekend near Waco.
Armstrong ended the interview and was not arrested. Police have been holding her for questioning on an unrelated warrant since 2018 for allegedly failing to pay for Botox treatment. They said they made a mistake in releasing her from custody because her date of birth in the police department’s system did not match her date of birth on the wanted warrant.
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Authorities say that the next day, May 13, Armstrong sold the car from the video and pocketed $12,200 that she used to flee the country. On May 14, she took a flight from Austin to Houston to New York. On May 17, an arrest warrant was filed.
The next day, authorities said, Armstrong was dropped off at the Newark, NJ airport, but they could not find an outgoing flight bearing her name. The implication is that she may have obtained identification under a false name. On Thursday, they confirmed that she used a fraudulent passport to board a flight to San Jose, Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a country in Central America with coastlines on the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. The population is about 5 million people.
Last week, federal officials announced that an unnamed donor contributed up to $15,000 to information leading to Armstrong’s arrest. That brought the total reward to $21,000.
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