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Captured fugitive Kaitlin Armstrong, who was wanted in connection with the May 11 alleged murder of 25-year-old cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson, is to be held on $3.5 million bond, according to Travis County records, in Texas.
Armstrong, 34, was captured in a remote Costa Rican beach town on Wednesday after 43 days on the run after Wilson’s shooting death in Austin, Texas.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said Armstrong was still in Costa Rica Saturday morning. Armstrong must also surrender her passport before her release and be monitored by GPS, according to county records.
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Austin police questioned and released Armstrong on May 12 before she fled to New York and eventually Costa Rica, using a passport that was not hers, where she moved into a hostel in Santa Teresa Beach in the province of Puntarenas, authorities said.
Wilson is accused of shooting Wilson, one of the country’s top gravel cyclists, after the 25-year-old went swimming and had a bite to eat with Armstrong’s boyfriend and professional cyclist Colin Strickland, 35, on May 11 while staying in Austin with a friend for an upcoming bike race in Hico, Texas. Moments after Strickland dropped Wilson off that evening, Armstrong’s SUV appeared on surveillance video outside the house where Wilson was staying, police say.
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Investigators suspect Armstrong used a gun Strickland bought him in December 2021 or January 2022 to kill Wilson, according to the warrant.
The next day, she sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a CarMax dealership around the corner from her house for $12,200 and flew to New York, the marshals said.
U.S. Marshals said they knew Armstrong was in Costa Rica after receiving dozens of tips.
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She boarded a United Airlines flight on May 18 from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Jose, the nation’s capital, authorities said.
“The Marshals Service elevated the investigation of Kaitlin Armstrong to major case status early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her capture,” said U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, Susan Pamerleau. , in a statement announcing the arrest. “This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, end that flight, and hopefully bring about a sense of closure for the victim’s family.”
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A tipster called cops on May 14 to report that Armstrong “became furious and was shaking with anger” after learning of Strickland and Wilson’s relationship, which Strickland described as a brief fling in October 2021 when he and Armstrong had temporarily broken in a statement the cyclist released after Wilson’s death obtained by KVUE reporter Tony Plohetski.
Armstrong also faces a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Rebecca Rosenburg contributed to this report.