Kaitlin Armstrong, the woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of professional cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson, attempted to escape custody while being transferred by corrections officers in Travis County, Texas. According to a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office, Armstrong fled from officers as she was leaving a medical office building. After a pursuit lasting approximately 10 minutes, officers apprehended and restrained her. It is important to note that officers did not lose sight of Armstrong during the pursuit.
Armstrong’s trial is scheduled to begin on October 30 in Austin. She is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Wilson at a residence in east Austin in May 2022. Initially questioned but not arrested, Armstrong fled the country when a warrant was issued for her arrest. After more than a month on the run, she was apprehended in Costa Rica in June 2022 and brought back to Texas.
During her arrest in Costa Rica, U.S. Marshals observed changes in Armstrong’s appearance, including alterations to her nose. Court documents revealed that Armstrong had undergone plastic surgery in Costa Rica. In addition to the murder charge, she now faces additional federal charges for misusing a passport.
The sheriff’s office spokesperson did not disclose specific details regarding the security measures employed during Wednesday’s custody transfer. However, they did mention that it is not uncommon for their agency to transport inmates to medical facilities when specialized treatment is required.