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Suspect in Texas murder of elite cyclist Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson arrested in Costa Rica-EnglishHindiBlogs-News

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A woman from Texas, suspected of killing an elite cyclist, was arrested in Costa Rica on Wednesday and returned to the United States to face charges.

According to the US Marshals Service, Caitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, is accused of shooting Anna Moria “Mo” Wilson last month in Austin, Texas.

Caitlin Marie Armstrong.US Marshals

A joint task force consisting of marshals and the Department of Homeland Security found that Armstrong boarded a United Airlines plane in New Jersey using a fake passport and arrived in Costa Rica on May 18, a week after Wilson’s death and a day later. after the warrant was issued. issued for Armstrong’s arrest.

Susan Pamerlo, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, praised the interagency effort in a statement announcing Armstrong’s arrest Thursday.

“The Marshals Service raised Caitlin Armstrong’s investigation to serious status at the beginning of this investigation, which probably played a key role in her capture after the 43-day run,” Pamerlo said.

Wilson, 25, was a mountain bike and gravel racer who won several races this year and left her position at a bike company to race full-time. She was expected to win the May 14th Gravel Locos race at Hico shortly before her death.

Armstrong and Wilson were romantically linked to the same man before Wilson was found shot dead at a house in Austin on May 11 and later pronounced dead.

Armstrong was in a relationship with professional cyclist Colin Strickland for about three years before the couple went on a break, according to an arrest affidavit from May. During this time, Strickland and Wilson began dating.

Strickland was not charged with any wrongdoing in the case.

Strickland said American statesman Austin Last month, he and Wilson had a “brief romantic relationship” from late October to early November last year, when Wilson visited Austin. They both recently broke off their previous relationship, Strickland said. A month later, he and Armstrong reconciled.

The unnamed friend said they were with Armstrong in January when she learned of the relationship between Strickland and Wilson, according to the affidavit. A friend said Armstrong was “furious and shaking with anger.”

Last week, investigators announced that Armstrong’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee had been found in Austin, and found that she had sold the car to a dealership for more than $ 12,000 two days after Wilson’s death.

On May 14, days after she was questioned by police, she flew from Austin to Houston before flying to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the Marshals Service said Thursday.

She was dropped off on May 18 at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, from where she flew to San Jose, Costa Rica, the investigation found.

Armstrong was found and arrested Wednesday at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Puntarenas province.

The murder warrant was issued on May 18; then, on May 25, a federal warrant was issued charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

In a statement to NBC affiliate KXAN Austin on Thursday, Wilson’s family thanked law enforcement for their “diligence” in finding Armstrong.

“We are relieved to know that this phase of uncertainty is now behind us, and we trust that justice will prevail,” the statement said. “We would like to ask the media to respect our privacy at this time, as they have done for the past six weeks.”

Tim Stello contributed.




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