Woman Apprehended in Costa Rica After 43 Days on the Run
A woman fled the US using a fake passport in an attempt to avoid homicide charges. She is accused of shooting a love rival in Texas. It’s reported that she has been captured in Costa Rica after being on the run for 43 days.
Kaitlin Armstrong, who is a yoga teacher is accused of killing 25 year old Anna Moriah Wilson on May 11th in Austin, Texas. Wilson was in Austin for a cycling event. It’s alleged that the victim had a relationship with Armstrong’s live in boyfriend.
Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, was detained at a Hostel in the town of Santa Teresa in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. According to authorities who tracked her down she had tried to change her appearance by cutting and dyeing her hair. She also had bandaging on her nose.
Armstrong Used a Fake Passport to Avoid Detection
Investigators tracked her travel from Houston to New York’s La Guardia Airport. She was last seen being dropped off at Newark Airport. From there she used a fake passport to board a United flight to San Jose, Costa Rica.
The US Marshal’s service which is responsible for apprehending fugitives elevated Armstrong’s case to the highest level at the outset of the investigation. US Marshal for the Western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau said “This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, bring an end to that run and hopefully a sense of closure to the victim’s family.”
Armstrong was Interviewed by Police Following Wilson’s Murder
Armstrong had been interviewed by the police investigating Wilson’s murder and confronted with evidence of her vehicle being in the vicinity of where the shooting took place. She was not able to give any explanation of why she was in the area. Detectives released her as the arrest warrant was not considered valid.
She went on the run a week after the murder, the day after Austin police issued a homicide warrant for her arrest.
Authorities Would Have Easily Tracked Her to Costa Rica Despite the Fake Passport
Authorities would have easily discovered she was in Costa Rica by observing her movements at Newark, even if she was using a passport in a different name. They’d also be able to track her from cell phone movements and bank card use.
When police first confronted her in Costa Rica she gave a false name. When Costa Rican authorities tried to verify the name she gave they found no trace of anyone entering the country under the name she gave. She then gave them her real name and they were able to discover an interpol red notice outstanding for her.
She is now locked up in a Costa Rican prison. It’s likely she’ll be deported to the US, no doubt accompanied by US Marshals.
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