Murder suspect Kaitlin Armstrong returns to US after arrest in Costa Rica


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Texas yoga teacher Kaitlin Armstrong, accused of fatally shooting her romantic rival and professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in a love triangle murder, was returned to the United States on Saturday from Costa Rica and held on 3 $.5 million, according to court records.

Armstrong, 34, had fled to Costa Rica and was hiding in a hostel and attending yoga classes in a remote beach town after allegedly shooting dead Wilson, 25, on May 11 in Austin, Texas.

Armstrong’s boyfriend Colin Strickland, also a professional cyclist, allegedly had an affair with Wilson and took her to dinner earlier that evening, police said.

U.S. marshals escorted Armstrong in handcuffs Saturday through Houston’s George Bush International Airport to a vehicle waiting outside, according to video obtained by ABC 13.

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Her face was obscured by her hair, and she wore a long-sleeved blue shirt, black sweatpants and flip flops, as seen in the video.

A combination of photos of a US Marshal document of Kaitlin Armstrong and her booking photo after her extradition to the United States from Costa Rica.
(US Marshals/Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

She has been booked into the Harris County Jail and will remain there until she is moved to Austin, where she faces first degree murder and other charges. Her bail was set at $3.5 million, and if she posts bail, she would also be subject to GPS surveillance and an 8 p.m. curfew, according to court records.

After leading authorities on a 43-day manhunt, Armstrong was captured by local police in Santa Teresa Beach on Wednesday. She had cut and dyed her hair brown to disguise her appearance and had a bandage over her nose and bruises under her eyes at the time of her arrest, an official said.

Colin Strickland, Moriah WIlson, left, and Kaitlin Armstrong

Colin Strickland, Moriah WIlson, left, and Kaitlin Armstrong
(MEGA/Handout/US Marshals Service)

She also had a receipt for $6,350 for cosmetic surgery among her belongings at Don Jon’s Surf and Yoga Lodge, where she was staying under a different name, according to a report by Inside Edition.

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A witness, Zachary Paulsen, told the outlet he found the receipt in a locker which included his passport and a second passport belonging to his sister, Christine.

Moriah Wilson, right, and his family.

Moriah Wilson, right, and his family.
(The Wilson family)

Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla previously said Armstrong used a passport that was not his to board a May 18 flight from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Police say Armstrong shot Wilson after the cyclist, who was in town for a competition, went swimming and then ate at Pool Burger with Strickland.

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Moments after Strickland dropped Wilson off at the apartment where she was staying, Armstrong’s SUV was captured on surveillance video pulling up in front of the house, police said.

Colin Strickland seen outside his home in Austin, Texas on June 17, 2022.

Colin Strickland seen outside his home in Austin, Texas on June 17, 2022.
(MEGA)

Cops questioned Armstrong on May 12 and released her. She fled first to New York and then to Costa Rica, according to US Marshals.

Austin-based law firm Cofer & Connelly, which represents Armstrong, did not immediately return a request for comment.


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