Kaitlin Armstrong is a Texas woman who is wanted in the shooting death of elite cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson.
She is 34 years old as of 2022, however her date of birth is not yet known.
To be updated.
Details regarding her education are not yet available.
Her love life is not yet publicly known.
Not yet established.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin American-Statesman shows that police believe the motive for murder was a tangled love triangle.
The affidavit accuses Armstrong of growing enraged because, at times, both women were involved romantically with Armstrong’s live-in boyfriend, a professional cyclist named Colin Strickland. The victim, Wilson, was a “competitive gravel and mountain cyclist” who “was known as a rising star in the sport,” the newspaper reported. The affidavit says Strickland praised Wilson as one of the best cyclists in the world. The day of the murder, Wilson and Strickland had gone swimming together and out to eat. Armstrong is also listed on a gravel cyclist website.
Known as Mo, Wilson wrote about her cycling career and sponsorships on Substack. Wilson’s family told KXAN-TV they believe she was not in a relationship with anyone at the time of her death.
She was slain a minute after arriving home from the swimming excursion.
The Marshals service says that Wilson was murdered while she was in Austin, Texas, for a race.
“Austin police issued a homicide warrant May 17 for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 35, who is suspected of killing Anna Wilson, 25, a Vermont native who was in Austin for a race,” the release states.
“Police responding to a call at the East Austin residence discovered Wilson bleeding and unconscious from multiple gunshot wounds. They performed CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A press release from Austin police gave the victim’s name as “Anna Moriah Wilson, W/F, 5/18/1996.”
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at approximately 9:56 p.m., Austin Police Department officers “responded to an emergency call at 1708 Maple Ave #B. A woman told 9-1-1 dispatch she returned home to find her friend bleeding and unconscious,” that release says.
“Investigators arrived at the scene and discovered a 25-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and EMS performed life-saving measures. However, the victim died from her injuries. The victim is Anna Moriah Wilson. Wilson was pronounced deceased at 10:10 P.M. by Dr. Escott.”
Authorities noted: “The investigation shows someone shot Wilson inside the home on Maple Ave. Detectives have identified a person of interest. There is no reason to suspect any threats to the public, and the shooting does not appear to be a random act.” The cause of death was homicide.
The 911 caller, Caitlin Cash, said Wilson was her friend, a professional cyclist visiting from San Francisco, the affidavit states. She had picked Wilson up at the airport on May 10, and Wilson came to Austin for a bicycle race the coming weekend in Hico, Texas.
Officers observed multiple fired cartridge cases on the floor but no firearm.
Cash stated that on May 11, Wilson sent her a text message saying she was going to meet up with a friend named Colin to go swimming. Cash went home to speak with Wilson about her going out with Colin. She left the home around 5:30 p.m. to meet friends for dinner. She returned home to find Wilson lying on the bathroom floor covered in blood. Her bicycle appeared to be stolen, the affidavit says.
Authorities found the bicycle 68 feet south of Cash’s home concealed in thick bamboo.
According to the affidavit, Cash said that Colin Strickland was the man Wilson was going to swim with on the evening of the murder. He lives in Austin and is a professional cyclist sponsored by Red Bull.
Cash explained she has an electronic lock on her door that is unlocked by using a unique code. She receives a notification on her phone when the door has been unlocked. She had provided Wilson with the code and received a notification at 5:55 p.m. on the day of the homicide, indicating that is when Wilson locked the door to go swimming. She next received a notification at 8:36 p.m. to unlock the door, indicating she had returned.
Detectives found a surveillance camera near the crime scene. They observed a dark colored SUV drive past the residence at 8:37 p.m., one minute after Wilson entered Cash’s residence. It slowed down, appeared to come to a stop, directly next to Cash’s home. Daily Mail has published stills from the video, reporting that Armstrong is a yoga teacher.
It had a large bicycle rack mounted on the trailer hitch and other distinctive characteristics. Officers drove to Strickland’s residence and observed a 2012 Jeep Cherokee that was similar at the home.
The Austin Police Department “requested assistance from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force – Austin Division to locate and apprehend Armstrong, who is an Austin resident. Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force are actively conducting a fugitive investigation and pursuing leads on the whereabouts of Armstrong,” the news release says.
CBS Austin reported that Wilson, who went by “Mo,” was “well-known in the cycling world as a talented gravel racer,” and was in Austin to “participate in a race near Dallas.”
Strickland agreed to an interview and stated he lives with his girlfriend Armstrong, 35. They were dating for three years but briefly ended their relationship for one to two weeks in October 2021, the affidavit states.
It further alleges:
During the break, Strickland said he met the victim, Wilson, and Wilson and Strickland had a romantic relationship before Strickland and Armstrong started dating again.
Strickland said that while he and Wilson were dating, Armstrong called Wilson the on the phone and stated she was the one who was dating Strickland. He had to change Wilson’s name in his phone so Armstrong did not know who he was speaking to as they continue their relationship. Armstrong had blocked Wilson’s number in Strickland’s phone. He also had to delete text messages on his phone to prevent Armstrong from finding them.
On the day of the murder, he picked Wilson up on his motorcycle at Cash’s residence and they went to the City of Austin Deep Eddy Poll. After swimming, they walked to Pool Burger to eat. After they ate, he drove Wilson back to Cash’s residence.
He did not go inside the home. He stopped his motorcycle and texted Armstrong at 8:36 p.m., writing, “Hey! Are you out? I went to drop some flowers for Alison at her sons house up north and my phone died. Heading home unless you have another food suggestion.” He lied to Armstrong, the records allege.
He said he arrived home at 8:43 p.m. He sent Armstrong another text. He went into the garage and began working on his bicycles. At 9:21, he wrote Armstrong another text. She arrived home shortly thereafter driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
He spoke highly of Wilson and her accomplishments during the police interview. She was a professional cyclist, and he was assisting her with obtaining sponsors. He said she was the best female cyclist in the U.S. and possibly the world.
He described Armstrong as a participant at bicycle races while he is a racer. He told Armstrong in the past that she does not need to ride with him because she “holds him back,” and she is not able to ride at a professional level.
Strickland admitted buying two firearms, one for himself and one for Armstrong between December 2021 and January 2022.
In a statement to a reporter for KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman, Strickland said there was “no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime. I am sorry, and I simply can not make sense of this unfathomable tragedy.” He said he had cooperated fully with investigators and said he had a brief a week-long romantic relationship with Wilson from late October through early November 2021 while she was visiting Austin. At the time, they had both decided to end relationships but after she returned to her home in California, he and Armstrong reconciled. He said he often saw Mo at cycling events and in public settings, including at competitions. After that point, he said that they had a platonic and professional relationship only and added that “it was not my intention to pursue along an auxiliary romantic relationship that would mislead anyone. Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely, niche sport of Cycling, and I admired her greatly and considered her a close friend. I am deeply grieving her loss.”.