A Texas yoga instructor accused of killing her boyfriend’s ex-professional cyclist tried to escape from prison during a medical appointment, officials said.
Kaitlin Armstrong, 35, allegedly ran from two correctional officers after a doctor’s appointment in Austin as they walked her to the car to take her back to jail, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
However, Armstrong, who spent 43 days on the run before her arrest last year, only managed to stay on the run for about 10 minutes before officers caught up with her.
Officers said she ran more than a block into one neighborhood, but remained in sight of them the entire time. The amateur yoga instructor was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center after the escape attempt.
It is not clear whether Armstrong was wearing shackles on his arms or legs, or what medical treatment prompted the appointment outside the prison clinic. Corrections officers did not draw their firearms, but further details about how she was apprehended would not be released, a spokesperson said.
Kaitlin Armstrong, the Texas yoga teacher accused of murdering professional cyclist Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson in a jealous rage, attempted to escape from prison
Armstrong is accused of fatally shooting Moriah Wilson, a 25-year-old competitive gravel and mountain bike racer from Vermont (photo)
The yoga teacher is pictured before the attack, left, and after fleeing the country, right, after police say she had plastic surgery, believed to be a nose job.
The former yoga instructor allegedly killed Wilson on May 11, 2022, with two bullet holes in the head and another in the chest after discovering her boyfriend Colin Strickland was having an affair with her.
Armstrong pleaded not guilty to Wilson’s murder in May 2022 and his trial is scheduled to begin October 30. She is currently being held in the Travis County Jail on a $3.5 million bond. She faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
She is accused of shooting Wilson, a 25-year-old gravel and mountain bike racer from Vermont, who was in Austin for a race in which she was among the favorites to win when she was found shot to death. Armstrong reportedly flew into a jealous rage after discovering pro-cyclist Wilson, 25, was seeing her boyfriend, Colin Strickland, 35.
Armstrong fled Texas shortly after police questioned her following the murder, traveling to Costa Rica from Newark, New Jersey, airport before being arrested at a hostel in Costa Rica over ‘a month later.
Authorities said at the time that she paid for a nose job and dyed her hair brown after fleeing the United States, using her sister’s passport to leave the United States. United. Armstrong also used several aliases while on the run, using the name “Ari” to woo a man she met at a tattoo shop while on the run.
A federal judge dismissed the unlawful flight charge against Armstrong, but she could face that charge again in the future if prosecutors deem it necessary.
Police arrested her after an anonymous tip and surveillance footage outside Wilson’s apartment allegedly showed the yoga instructor’s car.
Armstrong was captured in Costa Rica where she had dyed her hair and changed her appearance after 43 days on the run.
A photo of Kaitlin’s passport was obtained by Inside Edition following her June 30 arrest.
Detectives used an open arrest warrant for theft of services to question her about Wilsons death after receiving an anonymous tip that she had flown into a rage months before.
Armstrong’s car, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, was seen driving past Wilson’s friends’ house, where the gravel bike champion was staying.
Police later discovered that Wilson had gone to dinner with Armstrong’s boyfriend the night of the murder. Strickland told police they both took a swim at Deep Eddy Pool before eating, and he dropped her off at 8:36 p.m.
He stopped briefly to text Armstrong that he had visited a friend and his phone was low on battery. Armstrong allegedly tracked Wilson using the Strava app for cyclists and runners.
Search warrants revealed that Armstrong visited a shooting range with his sister before the murder and received $450,000 from Strickland, who also admitted to purchasing two firearms between late 2021 and early 2022 for himself and Armstrong .
Strickland allegedly asked Armstrong to return the money he loaned her for an investment account, but she kept it before traveling to Costa Rica on May 18.
He admitted the affair with Wilson to police, telling them he changed his name on his phone so Armstrong wouldn’t know who he was talking to.
Strickland added that he also deleted the previous messages, so his girlfriend couldn’t find them, despite her suspicions.