The US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is stepping up their efforts to capture love triangle slaying suspect Kaitlin Armstrong.
The task force is offering a $ 5,000 reward for ‘anybody who can generate a tip’ that leads to the whereabouts of Armstrong, 34, wanted for the murder of cyclist Moriah Wilson, 25, on May 11 in Austin, Texas.
A day later, Armstrong was questioned about the murder but released on a technicality around her birthdate.
On May 14, Armstrong was spotted on surveillance footage at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
According to the latest press release, the Marshals say that Armstrong arrived at Newark’s Liberty International Airport on May 18, the day after the Austin Police Department issued a warrant for her arrest.
This is the latest US Marshals wanted poster for Kaitlin Armstrong
Armstrong shown here at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on May 14
The task force is offering a $ 5,000 reward for ‘anybody who can generate a tip’ that leads to the whereabouts of Armstrong
However, according to passenger records, Armstrong was not listed on any outbound flights from Newark.
Deputy Marshal Brandon Fillan told KVUE in an interview that investigators are looking into the possibility that Armstrong flew out of Newark under a fake name or was deliberately deceptive and had no intention of flying that day.
The deputy went on to say that they know how Armstrong got to the airport but that they are not willing to release that information.
Fillan continued: ‘There’s a lot more people looking for her than I believe what she believes. We wanted to make it to where she always has to look over her shoulder. ‘
He added that: ‘Somewhere along the way she’ll make an error, she’ll make a mistake, and we’ll be able to exploit that to where we can bring her before justice.’
The Marshals have now upgraded Armstrong’s disappearance to ‘major case status
The Marshals have now upgraded Armstrong’s disappearance to ‘major case status.’
‘Kaitlin Armstrong is accused of a very serious crime that she needs to answer for,’ said US Marshal for the western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau. ‘The best thing she can do at this point, wherever she is, is surrender to authorities, so she can return safely to Austin and answer the charges against her. She needs to know the Marshals are not going to stop looking for her. ‘
Armstrong was last seen on surveillance footage having arrived in New York City’s LaGuardia Airport after arriving from Houston.
As a result of that trip, a separate warrant from the US District Court in the Western District of Texas was issued for Armstrong on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, a resident of San Francisco, was in Austin to train for an upcoming cycling race
Armstrong is white, stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 125 pounds
Armstrong is white, stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 125 pounds.
When she was last seen, Armstrong had light brown long, curly hair and hazel eyes and was last seen on surveillance video wearing a blue denim jacket, black shirt with a pink design on the chest, white jeans, black and white tennis shoes, a black COVID mask, and a possible yoga mat carrier on her shoulders.
According to authorities, Armstrong was furious when she found out that Wilson had a brief relationship with her boyfriend, fellow cyclist Colin Strickland, 35.
On the night Wilson was killed, she had been out swimming with Strickland. Though he maintains that their relationship was platonic.
Wilson, a resident of San Francisco, was in Austin training for an upcoming race.
Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland, has fled Texas out of fear for his safety
Strickland has since left Texas and will not return until Armstrong is caught, DailyMail.com learned in May.
Friends of Armstrong’s boyfriend Strickland have told DailyMail.com he fears becoming her second victim and has ‘got out of Dodge completely’ until she is caught.
Close friend David, 42, of Lockhart, Texas, said: ‘None of us can sleep. He’s staying out of sight until she’s caught. I do know where he is but I’m not mentioning where for his safety.
‘He’s not in Texas – he’s got completely out of Dodge.’
This isn’t the first time Armstrong has allegedly broken the law and fled. In 2018, Armstrong Botoxed-and-dashed from a spa in Austin, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Fox News.
The affidavit states that on March 6, 2018, Armstrong went in for a $ 650 Botox procedure at Aesthetica Med Spa in Travis County, where she filled out forms stating she was financially responsible for the services.
Following the procedure, Armstrong handed over her MasterCard to pay but then before the payment was processed, she told the employee that she had another card in her car that she preferred to use.
Armstrong left the MasterCard on the counter, left the spa, and did not return to pay, the affidavit stated. She was charged with larceny and her bail was set at $ 3,500 at the time, according to records.
It’s not clear if she was ever sentenced for the theft. It was through that warrant that officers were first able to bring Armstrong in for questioning on May 11.
A police tipster, who did not want to be identified, earlier told investigators that Armstrong flew into a rage on discovering cyclist Strickland’s romance with fellow cyclist Wilson in January 2022.
The informant told police: ‘Armstrong became furious and was shaking with anger. Armstrong told Caller Armstrong he was “angry” Armstrong wanted to kill Wilson.
That tipster got in contact with cops on May 14, three days after Wilson was murdered. Armstrong was subsequently questioned by cops, and freed due to a technicality.
The 34-year-old suspect then vanished and has been on the run ever since.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in south eastern Texas works with the US Marshals service charged with bringing fugitives to justice.