Investigators from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force realized that Armstrong bought her black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a CarMax dealership for $12,000 on May 13, the day after Austin authorities questioned her, a Marshals’ assertion stated. She boarded the flight out of Austin the subsequent day.

Armstrong, 34, is an actual property agent and yoga trainer based mostly in an Austin, Texas, and now a fugitive. She is needed for the May 11 capturing of Wilson, who had beforehand dated Armstrong’s boyfriend — 35-year-old skilled cyclist Colin Strickland — in what investigators imagine could have been a violent act of romantic jealousy.

On May 11, the day of the killing, Wilson advised her good friend she was going for a day swim with Strickland, days earlier than the Gravel Locos race in Hico, the place she was staying with a good friend, in keeping with an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County District Court.

Strickland advised investigators after they swam, he and Wilson received dinner, and he then dropped her off at her good friend’s dwelling. He stated he didn’t go inside, the affidavit reveals. Austin Police responded to the dwelling later that night, shortly earlier than 10 p.m. CT, and located Wilson with a number of gunshot wounds. She was pronounced useless at the scene.

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On May 12, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s post-mortem of Wilson’s physique decided the official trigger of dying to be a number of gunshot wounds, and the method of dying was a murder. Within 24 hours of Wilson’s dying, officers from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended Armstrong in reference to an unrelated arrest warrant and spoke to her.

However, Austin Police stated they then realized Armstrong’s arrest warrant was not legitimate and advised her she was free to go away.

On May 13, Armstrong bought her black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a CarMax dealership in south Austin for $12,200 {dollars}. She was given a verify by the dealership a day after being questioned by Austin authorities, in keeping with the US Marshals’ Office.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong traveled to New York City on May 14.
On May 14, Armstrong was at Austin International Bergstrom Airport early in the afternoon. There, she boarded a flight to Houston Hobby Airport, the place she took a connecting flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the capturing didn’t look like “a random act.”

On May 17, police issued a murder warrant for Armstrong. The affidavit for her arrest factors partially to video surveillance obtained by investigators that reveals a car just like hers close to the dwelling shortly earlier than Wilson’s physique was discovered.

Armstrong was seen on May 18 at Newark Liberty International Airport, in keeping with the US Marshals. However, no reservations had been made below her identify, the Marshals stated, citing a search of outbound flights at the airport.

A May 19 arrest affidavit filed by police in Travis County District Court reveals that Strickland admitted to attempting to cover his communications with Wilson from Armstrong by altering Wilson’s identify on his cellphone and deleting texts. The affidavit cites a tipster who alleged Armstrong got here to imagine Strickland and Wilson’s romantic relationship was ongoing as of January 2022.

Armstrong had contacted Wilson a number of instances and in a single occasion advised her to “stay away” from Strickland, one of Wilson’s associates advised investigators, in keeping with the affidavit.

On May 25, authorities obtained a separate, federal warrant for Armstrong for “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution,” the US Marshals stated, upgrading the seek for Armstrong to “major case status.” That identical day, Strickland is quoted by the Austin American-Statesman as saying that he had a “brief romantic relationship” with Wilson from late October to early November 2021, whereas he was separated from Armstrong.

Strickland and Armstrong reconciled and resumed their relationship a few month later, he advised the paper. His relationship with Wilson then turned “platonic and professional” and he thought of her a “close friend,” he stated.

NCS’s Elizabeth Wolfe, Hannah Sarisohn, Melissa Alonso, Dakin Andone and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.


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