Federal authorities say an Austin, Texas woman charged with the murder of a professional cyclist in that city abused a passport when she flew from Newark Liberty International Airport.
US Attorney Philip Sellinger said Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, faces one count of passport misuse in connection with the May incident.
Austin officials obtained an arrest warrant for Armstrong on May 17 for a murder that allegedly took place on May 11. The victim, professional cyclist Moriah Wilson, died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.
On May 12, Austin police questioned Armstrong about the death, then they said she flew from Texas to New York-La Guardia Airport two days later.
On May 18, Armstrong allegedly boarded a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Costa Rica after presenting a ticket and passport in the name of another person she knew.
On June 29, law enforcement officers apprehended Armstrong in Costa Rica where she was in possession of both her own passport and the passport she presented at Newark Liberty, according to Sellinger.
Susan Pamerleau, US Marshal for the Western District of Texas, told KVUE-TV,
The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to major case status early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her capture after a 43-day run. This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, stop that flight, and hopefully a sense of closure to the victim’s family.
Misuse of a passport charge carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
KXAN-TV reports that Armstrong is currently being held in jail in Austin.
The public is reminded that charges are charges and everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
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