Fugitive love triangle death suspect Kaitlin Armstrong captured in Costa Rica


A fugitive who fled the US after alleged love triangle murder in Texas and changed her appearance has been arrested in Costa Rica.

A Texas yoga teacher who allegedly shot a professional cyclist in a jealous love triangle murder has been arrested in Costa Rica.

The arrest ended a 43-day international manhunt, the New York Post reported.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was arrested Wednesday and will be deported to the US to face charges for the May 11 murder of Anna Moriah Wilson, a 25-year-old cyclist who had a romantic relationship with Armstrong’s boyfriend, the US Marshals Service said. .

“The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to the status of a high-profile case early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her arrest after a 43-day run,” said Susan Pamerleau, U.S. Marshal for the western district of Texas, Susan Pamerleau in a statement.

“This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to arrest a violent fugitive, end that run and hopefully create a sense of closure with the victim’s family.”

Armstrong was arrested at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de Puntarenas by US Marshals, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations, Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and local authorities, according to a press release.

The flexible fugitive was arrested with an altered appearance — her shoulder-length hair was dyed dark brown, Deputy US Marshal Brandon Filla told KXAN.

She also had a bandage on her nose and bruises under her eyes from a reported surfing accident.

“That physical appearance has changed somewhat,” Filla said.

“Would it have changed more when she started creating that, you know, kind of foundation for herself over there in Costa Rica? Possibly.”

Filla said she believed Armstrong stayed in a hostel to earn her money and that she had taken yoga classes in studios to “improve her profession by teaching a specific type of yoga” related to surfboarding.

Later on Thursday, video circulated showing Armstrong, wearing shorts, in custody.

The yoga instructor had used a fraudulent passport to jump a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 18 — a day after Austin police issued a warrant for her arrest, the Marshals said. Service.

Last week, marshals found Armstrong’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee and learned she sold it to a CarMax dealer in Austin on May 13 for $12,200. a connecting flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Armstrong was dropped off at the Newark airport on May 18, but there were no outbound flights under her name, marshals said.

Her live-in boyfriend Colin Strickland, 34, was having an affair with Wilson and had slipped out to meet her on the day of the shooting while she was in Austin from San Francisco preparing for an upcoming race in Waco, officials said.

Strickland dropped the biker off at her boyfriend’s house, where she was later found dead. A jeep that appeared to belong to Armstrong was seen on surveillance footage outside.

Police questioned Armstrong but released her without charge before fleeing, officials said.

In a statement, Wilson’s family thanked authorities for finally arresting Armstrong, KXAN said.

“We are relieved to know that this phase of uncertainty is now behind us and we are confident that justice will prevail,” they said.

This story is published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission.

Originally published as Fugitive Love Triangle Death Suspect Kaitlin Armstrong Imprisoned in Costa Rica