A search operation is underway for a Texas woman who authorities believe fatally shot a 25-year-old professional cyclist after having a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
Caitlin Armstrong, 34, is wanted by the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and Austin Police after allegedly shooting Anna “Mo” Wilson on May 11, according to an arrest, while Wilson was on a road trip in Austin before a local race. Was living in a friend’s apartment. Affidavit.
Authorities said Wilson had returned to the apartment after spending several hours with fellow professional cyclist Colin Strickland, 34, when a friend shot him multiple times.
Surveillance video taken outside the apartment captured Armstrong’s vehicle at the time of the shooting, and ballistic evidence highly suggested that a handgun owned by Armstrong was used to kill Wilson. Armstrong, when questioned by detectives about a sighting outside Wilson’s residence, said officers, “had no explanation as to why it was in the area.”
Armstrong, who was not charged at the time of that interview, has not been heard since May 13.
Strickland, when questioned by detectives, said that he had gone swimming and had dinner with Wilson on the evening of his death and lied to Armstrong about his whereabouts, with whom he was living and romantically involved. was involved with. His reluctance to acknowledge his liaison with Armstrong followed issues of prior jealousy with Wilson, he said.
Strickland said he first met Wilson in October last year when he broke up with Armstrong for a short time. When she and Armstrong later got back together, she said that she had to hide any ongoing communication with Wilson from her. According to the arrest affidavit, he changed Wilson’s name in his phone’s address book and deleted any messages he had made to prevent Armstrong from getting upset and blocking Wilson’s number on his phone.
Text messages sent between Wilson and Strickland back in January suggested that Wilson believed she was in a romantic relationship with Strickland, even though he was still dating Armstrong.
A friend of Wilson’s, who publicly asked to remain anonymous, told police that Wilson and Strickland had “on-again, off-again” romantic relationships and that Armstrong contacted Wilson several times and asked Strickland to do so. told to stay away.
An unnamed caller who contacted Austin police after the shooting said that he had heard Armstrong express his desire to kill Wilson in January, when Armstrong discovered that Strickland had a romantic relationship with Wilson, even though they were together. be.
Armstrong reportedly “became furious and was trembling with anger.” She said she wanted to kill Wilson and mentioned that she had either recently bought a firearm or had plans, the caller told police.
Anyone with information about Armstrong’s whereabouts is urged to contact the US Marshall Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or submit a tip online.