US Marshals hunt fugitive Texas yoga teacher, accused of killing her love rival, but Kaitlin Armstrong’s dad insists, ‘My daughter is not capable of this crime’- despite surveillance footage showing her vehicle leaving the dead woman’s home
The father of a fugitive Texas yoga teacher, Mike Armstrong reiterated his support for his daughter and said he believes she would not kill anyone
Kaitlin Armstrong, 35, has been on the run after cops interviewed her on May 17, and issued an arrest warrant currently in connection with the murder of Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson
Elite cyclist Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, 25, was found shot dead in an Austin apartment on May 11, 2022
Wilson from San Francisco was in Austin for a big race and was staying at a friend’s apt
Armstrong police said, may have been driven by jealousy and a belief that her boyfriend, Colin Strickland, was cheating on her with Wilson
Police have released surveillance video that shows Kaitlin Armstrong’s Jeep pulling away from an Austin residence where Wilson was staying
Colin Strickland and Mo Wilson who dated late last year, had remained friends
A tipster told cops a furious Armstrong ‘was shaking with anger’ when she discovered her boyfriend was cheating and told the caller ‘she wanted to kill Wilson’
Wilson was killed shortly after going swimming with Strickland – with a gun purchased for Armstrong by her live-in partner, Strickland
The father of a fugitive Texas yoga teacher, who is accused of murdering her love rival, said his daughter is not capable of committing such a gruesome crime. ‘We love you Katie, and we are going to figure this out… I know her, I know how she thinks and I know what she believes [in],’ Mike Armstrong told ABC News.
‘That is what I believe, I know she did not do this.’
The suspect, Kaitlin Armstrong, 35, is currently on the run after being sought in connection to the murder of elite cyclist Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, 25.
The victim had a fling with Armstrong’s on-again off-again boyfriend, Colin Strickland, 35, last October when Armstrong and Strickland were on a break. The two cyclists remained friends and continued to see each other.
In the latest iteration of the ménage-trois, Kaitlin Armstrong may have been driven by jealousy and a belief that her boyfriend, Colin Strickland was cheating on her with Wilson, according to police.
In the arrest affidavit, a friend of Wilson’s said that she had received a text message from the victim informing her that she planned to go swimming with Strickland the day she was killed.
Despite those revelations Mike Armstrong, while speaking to ABC News, reiterated his support for his daughter, maintaining that ‘she would not kill anyone’.
Mike Armstrong reiterated his support for his daughter Kaitlin Armstrong, who is accused of murdering Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, her love rival. He believes Kaitlin would not kill anyone
Austin Police Department have released surveillance video that shows Kaitlin Armstrong’s Jeep pulling away from an Austin residence where Wilson was staying and where her body was found on May 11.
Cops said that when Kaitlin Armstrong was first confronted with the footage they told her ‘it made things not look too good,’ and she ‘nodded her head up and down as if in agreement.’ Significantly, she refused to offer an explanation for the ‘coincidence’, given several openings to d so.
The day after the questioning, Armstrong deleted all her social media accounts and fled.
She has been on the run since.
‘She was a realtor, she was a yoga teacher. So, she had personal relationships here in the Austin area… we hope that eventually if she had some type of claim, that maybe she will reach out to those associates and we receive a tip,’ Deputy US Marshall Brandon Filla told ABC News.
Anna Mo Wilson was killed in Austin, Texas on May 11, days before a big race. She was a rising star in a discipline called gravel racing, a burgeoning hybrid of road cycling and mountain biking.
The San Francisco resident had traveled to Texas to compete in the 157-mile Gravel Locos race in Hico, about two and a half hours north of Austin, where she was staying with a friend, according to the affidavit.
The neighbor whose camera captured Armstrong’s car leaving the scene said that she didn’t hear any gunshots and that her dogs only became agitated when emergency services arrived at the scene.
She said: ‘It’s lucky that my camera caught her car because it isn’t on all the time. It gets triggered when cars drive by but not always. It was just her bad luck. If she planned the whole thing she should have figured out that there [are] cameras around.’
Strickland told police that he purchased two 9mm handguns for him and Armstrong around that time.
Authorities believe that Strickland and Wilson continued their relationship, something that Wilson’s family denies.
That tipster got in contact with cops on May 14, three days after Wilson was murdered.
Armstrong was subsequently questioned by cops, and freed due to a technicality.
The informant told police: ‘Armstrong became furious and was shaking with anger. Armstrong told the caller Armstrong was so angry Armstrong wanted to kill Wilson.’
Wilson was killed shortly after going swimming with a fellow cyclist named Colin Strickland -and police say she may have been targeted by his jealous girlfriend.
On the night of her death, Wilson allegedly had a secret pool date with Strickland after he lied to his girlfriend about dropping off flowers to a friend, it is claimed.
Armstrong is said to have found out about that pool date, and is accused of shooting Wilson shortly after.
Strickland dropped Wilson off at 8.30pm at a friend’s home in East Austin. Armstrong did not arrive back at the house she shared with Strickland until 9.20pm, he told police.
The couple saw Wilson, 25, at an event in January 2022 and she had reportedly texted Strickland asking: ‘Hey! Sooo would like to talk to you at some point. Had originally texted you on Friday but appears my texts aren’t going through again. This weekend was strange for me and I just want to know what’s going on. If you just want to be friends (seems to be the case) then that’s cool, but I’d like to talk about it cause honestly my mind has been going circles and don’t know what to think.’
Strickland replied: ‘Hey Mo- feel very shitty for putting you in position where you don’t feel comfortable. Kaitlin came along the go to meeting about the sprinter/spartan hotel project. In hindsight, this was not good idea.’
The informant who did not want to be identified, earlier told investigators that Armstrong flew into a rage on discovering cyclist Strickland’s romance with fellow cyclist Wilson in January 2022.
The unidentified friend said Strickland and Wilson had an ‘on-again off-again’ relationship and had met several times and that Armstrong had recently begun following the cyclist on Instagram.
Wilson reportedly believed her and Strickland were still in a relationship at this point.
After Armstrong discovered their fling, she reportedly contacted Wilson several times and had even called her to tell her ‘she was the one who was dating Strickland.’
Strickland later changed Wilson’s name in his phone, so that Armstrong would not know who he was chatting with ‘so they could continue their relationship,’ and that Armstrong had blocked his lover’s number on his phone.
He also reportedly ‘deleted’ messages in his phone so Armstrong wouldn’t find them.
On the day of Wilson’s murder, the cyclist reportedly told her friend Caitlin Cash – who called 911 – she was ‘going to meet up with friend named Colin to go swimming’ at Austin’s famed Deep Eddy pool.
Cash left the residence around 5.30pm and when she returned, she noticed the door was unlocked and observed Wilson ‘lying on the bathroom floor covered in blood and no one else was inside.’ The only thing missing from Wilson’s room was her bike, which investigators said they found in a bamboo thicket more than 60 feet from the house.
Cash said her door requires a ‘unique code’ to open and said she had received a notification that the code was used around 5.55pm, showing that the door was locked – indicating that Wilson had left to go swimming, the affidavit said.
She said she received another notification around 8.30pm, indicating Wilson had returned.
She said the password had recently been changed and her and Wilson were the only two who knew it.
Strickland told police he dropped Wilson off around 8.45pm and had stopped in an alleyway to text Armstrong: ”Hey! Are you out? Went to drop some flowers for Alison at her sons house up north and my phone died. Heading home unless you have another food suggestion.’
‘Strickland had lied about his whereabouts to Armstrong to hide he was with Wilson throughout the evening,’ the affidavit said.
She uploaded a cycle route beginning and ending at the Austin property where she was staying on May 11, the date of her death, disclosing her location. Investigators are also probing whether exercise app Strava led Armstrong to Wilson’s location.
It is used by runners and cyclists to share exercise routes, and Wilson’s profile – which has now been deleted – was publicly visible.
On May 17, the firearm located at Strickland’s residence was ‘test fired’ and police have determined it had significant potential’ that that gun could have been used in the crime. That same day Austin police issued a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest.
Strickland later issued a statement, and insisted his relationship with Wilson was ‘platonic and professional.’
He wrote: ‘There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime.’ He said he was cooperating fully with the police.
‘I admired her greatly, and considered her a close friend,’ he wrote. ‘I am deeply grieving her loss.’
Wilson was seen as a rising star in the sport. Wilson grew up in East Burke, Vermont. Her father, Eric Wilson, was in the US ski team, while her aunt, Laura, competed in the Olympics as a cross-country ski racer.
She had just turned professional, leaving her job at California-based bike company Specialized, and weeks before had taken the first lead for elite women in the Life Time Grand Prix off-road series.
She had a busy season of racing ahead of her, with competitions across the United States and in East Africa.
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