The arrest of Kaitlin Marie Armstrong marks the shut of a 43-day manhunt within the ‘Mo’ Wilson homicide case.
Authorities in Costa Rica right now arrested the Austin, Texas, girl accused of killing world-class bike owner Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson on Could 11.
The U.S. Marshals Workplace of Worldwide Operations, Homeland Safety Investigations, and the Division of State Diplomatic Safety Service labored with authorities in Costa Rica to find and arrest Kaitlin Marie Armstrong at a hostel on Santa Teresa Seaside in Provincia de Puntarenas, the division mentioned in an announcement.
Armstrong’s final identified whereabouts had been at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport on Could 18, a day after Austin police issued a warrant for her arrest. Officers didn’t discover any flights registered in her identify there.
In accordance with the U.S. Marshals, she used a fraudulent passport to fly out of the airport that day on a United Airways flight.
On Could 25, investigators obtained an arrest warrant within the U.S. District Court docket within the Western District of Texas for an Illegal Flight to Keep away from Prosecution. Armstrong, 34, now faces deportation to the U.S.
Mo Wilson Homicide Suspect in Custody
Armstrong is charged with the first-degree homicide of Wilson, who died of a number of 9mm gunshot wounds inside an Austin residence.
One other bike owner, Colin Strickland, was implicated in a attainable love triangle between the three. In accordance with police, he’d gone swimming with Wilson hours earlier than her demise and dropped her off on the residence the place she died.
A neighbor’s safety footage confirmed a automobile that appeared much like Armstrong’s black Jeep Cherokee arrived one minute after she was dropped off that evening, the arrest affidavit mentioned.
Armstrong later offered the automobile to an Austin dealership.
“The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to main case standing early on this investigation, which possible performed a key position in her seize after a 43-day run,” mentioned Susan Pamerleau, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.
“That is an instance of mixing the sources of native, state, federal, and worldwide authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, deliver an finish to that run, and hopefully a way of closure to the sufferer’s household.”