Kaitlin Armstrong, convicted love-triangle killer, arrested by yoga instructor ad
“He got in the car, and he was like, ‘That’s him. He’s over there,’” the Deputy US Marshal told CBS News
Convicted love-triangle killer Kaitlin Armstrong, who escaped to Central America after plastic surgery to change her face, was caught by authorities after they lured her back to the United States with an ad for a yoga instructor.
US Marshalls recently revealed that Armstrong who fled the US after he shot professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in May 2022 was captured that summer.
According to CBS News, the Marshalls chased the fugitive killer across the US and into Costa Rica, believing he was hiding near the coast. However, he used several names and plastic surgery to deceive the authorities.
Instead, the feds forced him to go to them by seizing his love of yoga, posting an ad for a yoga teacher on a local Facebook page in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
Armstrong, now serving 90 years for killing Wilson in a fit of rage, took almost a week to bite back but just as the US Marshals were about to return, they received a message from a man who introduced themselves as a yoga teacher.
“We got a bite, someone who, um, introduced himself … as a yoga instructor and said they wanted to meet us at a particular hostel,” said Deputy US Marshal Emir Perez CBS News. “And we said … ‘This is it, this is our chance!’”
Perez and Deputy US Marshal Damien Fernandez raced to Santa Teresa from San Jose. They found him in a hostel, speaking in Spanish while examining his bandaged nose and swollen lips, which were part of his operations to hide his identity. However, his eyes are consistent with what was seen in the first photo.
“He got in the car, and he was like, ‘That’s him. He’s inside,’” Fernandez said CBS News.
The local police arrested him, and the feds took him back to Texas where he was charged and imprisoned. He escaped again – but didn’t get far before deputies caught him.
Wilson, a Vermont native and an emerging star in pro gravel and mountain bike racing, was found dead on May 11, 2022.
He was in Austin before a race in Texas where Armstrong followed him to an apartment and shot him three times, according to the indictments.
A Jeep similar to Armstrong’s was caught on camera outside the crime scene, and a 43-day international manhunt ensued.
A Texas jury took just two hours to convict Armstrong and a day later, a judge put him behind bars for nine decades.