Escape Attempt by Accused Yoga Teacher
Kaitlin Armstrong, a Texas yoga teacher facing charges for allegedly murdering her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, attempted to escape from jail during a medical appointment in Austin.
The incident occurred as correctional officers were returning her to jail after the appointment.
Armstrong, who had previously spent 43 days on the run, managed to evade authorities for approximately 10 minutes before being recaptured.
Swift Recapture in Austin
Armstrong’s escape attempt took her more than a block into a neighborhood, but officers remained in close pursuit and did not need to draw their firearms.
She was apprehended and subsequently taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center for medical treatment. The details of her capture were not disclosed.
Armstrong’s Legal Battle
Kaitlin Armstrong has entered a not guilty plea to the murder charge in the case of Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, who was killed in May 2022.
Her trial is set to commence on October 30, and she is currently held in Travis County Jail on a $3.5 million bond. If convicted, she could face a prison sentence of up to 99 years.
Background of the Murder Case
Armstrong is accused of shooting Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, a 25-year-old competitive gravel and mountain bike racer, who was found dead in Austin.
The alleged motive was jealousy, as Wilson was in a relationship with Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland.
Armstrong fled Texas after police interviewed her following the murder, and she was later arrested in Costa Rica.
Escape and Capture
Armstrong’s escape included using her sister’s passport to fly from the U.S. to Costa Rica.
During her time on the run, she used multiple aliases, including ‘Ari,’ to avoid detection.
The charge of unlawful flight against her was dismissed, but it may be reinstated in the future if deemed necessary by prosecutors.
Investigation and Evidence
Authorities apprehended Armstrong following an anonymous tip and surveillance footage near Wilson’s apartment.
Detectives questioned her about Wilson’s death using an open misdemeanor warrant for theft of services. Armstrong had allegedly been tracking Wilson using a fitness app for cyclists and runners, Strava.
Financial Transactions and Relationship Details
Evidence revealed that Armstrong had visited a gun range with her sister before the murder and received $450,000 from Colin Strickland.
Strickland admitted to buying firearms for himself and Armstrong between late 2021 and early 2022.
He also revealed that he had confessed the affair with Wilson to the police and had attempted to conceal his communications with her.
As the trial date approaches, Armstrong’s escape attempt adds another layer of intrigue to a case that has garnered significant attention.