In the May 11 murder of Austin pro-cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, Ferrari yoga instructor Caitlin Armstrong sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee for more than $ 12,000 before fleeing Texas, officials said Thursday.
Armstrong, 34, sold the vehicle that appeared at the crime scene at the time of Wilson’s shooting on May 13 – a day after Texas authorities questioned her and released her, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a press release. She allegedly sold the SUV through a Carmax dealership in Austin and gave a check for 12,200.
She jumped on the plane – and then took several more flights the next day, officials said.
In addition to the murder charges for which she was originally wanted, Armstrong was charged May 25 with flying illegally to avoid trial. The bounty for her capture has reached 21,000, officials said.
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The marshals had previously described how Armstrong traveled from Austin International Bergstrom Airport to Lagarde Airport in New York on the afternoon of May 14th. She boarded Flight # WN2262 from AIBA to Houston Hobby Airport at 12:30 pm local time and then took a connecting flight to New York via Southwest Airlines Flight # WN30.
Investigators later revealed that Armstrong was “dropped off at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18 after Austin police received her arrest warrant.” But her name was not linked to any outbound flights at Newark Airport at the time, Marshalls said.
Last week, Fox News Digital spoke to campers at the Livingston Manor in New York on a secluded, sprawling property known as “Camp Haven” or “Haven for Humanity”. Camper confirmed that Armstrong’s sister, Christine, was living there, but that Martial Services agents were there to talk to her.
He also revealed that Caitlin Armstrong had recently been there.
“She was [here] Some time ago, “he said.” Before it all exploded. “
On May 17, Livingston Manor’s address in connection with Christine Armstrong, 31, appeared on the property’s records, a source told Fox News Digital. The camp site is approximately 2-hours, 20-minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, and approximately the same distance from LaGuardia Airport.
Armstrong’s sister did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Fox News Digital.
The marshals confirmed that they knew the location as part of the search but stopped confirming Camper’s account.
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“We don’t know if she was really in that particular place,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Phila told Fox News Digital at the time. “There are many possibilities, but you have to have the facts.”
Armstrong, 34, is accused of killing Wilson on the night of May 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas, whose full name is Anna Moriah “Moe” Wilson.
Federal and local law enforcement have cited evidence that shows Armstrong chased her longtime boyfriend, Colin Strickland, when he was out with Wilson on May 11 the day before. Restaurant Investigators say Strickland left Wilson at her friend’s home, where she was living at the time, and then left.
According to Armstrong’s arrest warrant, Armstrong’s vehicle “appears to have stopped near Wilson’s friend’s residence” within minutes of Strickland leaving Wilson.
“Surveillance video shows Strickland leaving the area after Wilson was released and shows Armstrong’s vehicle approaching the East Austin residence where Wilson lives,” the warrant states. “Armstrong has made earlier statements expressing his desire to kill Wilson.”
Austin Police Department (APD) investigators have linked one of the firearms found in Armstrong’s home to a weapon used to kill Wilson on the night of May 11, APD Homicide Det. Richard Spitler said earlier. On May 12, investigators executed a search warrant at Armstrong’s home, which she shared with Strickland, he said.
They then tested the Sig-Sawyer P3659mm weapon and, according to the arrest warrant, compared the spent shell to the ballistic evidence found at the scene.
The warrant states that “the possibility of the same gun being involved is significant.”
Strickland allegedly told authorities he bought the alleged murder weapon for Armstrong.
A few days before the murder warrant was issued, police interviewed Strickland and searched for Armstrong, who has been under arrest outside of Travis County since 2018 for an abuse warrant.
“Armstrong was questioned about being in the vicinity of her vehicle, as pictured on the ring camera. However, she did not confirm or deny being in the area of the murder and immediately ended her interview,” Spitler said.
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“She was mistakenly released from custody on an abuse warrant because her date of birth did not match the date of birth on the department’s report management system,” he said.
Investigators say Armstrong should now be considered armed and dangerous.
Officer Armstrong’s description is white, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. Her eyes are sooty and she was last seen wearing a blue denim jacket and white jeans with long, curly hair.
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“Caitlin Armstrong is charged with a very serious crime for which she must answer,” U.S. Marshal Susan Palmerleau said last week for Texas’ Western District. “At this point, the best thing she can do, no matter where she is, is to surrender to the authorities, so she can safely return to Austin and answer the charges against her. She needs to know that the marshals will not stop searching for her.”
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Marshall at 1-800-336-0102 or the Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-893-8477.