The U.S. Marshals have issued a warrant for an on-the-run fugitive for the alleged killing of professional cyclist Moriah Wilson in Austin, Texas.
The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force issued a homicide warrant against Kaitlin Armstrong on May 20. Armstrong is charged with killing Wilson in what authorities believe is a romantic dispute between the two.
After responding to a distress call, police found Wilson bleeding and unconscious from multiple gunshots at the 1700 block of Maple Avenue on May 11.
They performed CPR on Wilson, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a redacted arrest warrant issued by the Austin Police Department, the murder suspect has been dating Colin Strickland, a professional cyclist sponsored by Red Bull, for the past three years.
Their relationship briefly paused for one to two weeks in October 2021, during which Strickland met and dated Wilson, the shooting victim, according to the warrant first published by The Daily Beast. During this period, Armstrong called Wilson to tell Wilson that she was the one dating Strickland.
On the night Wilson died, Strickland lied to Armstrong about where he was to hide the fact that he was spending time with Wilson, the warrant said.
An anonymous caller provided a tip on the incident on May 14, the warrant continued. The caller told police that Armstrong said to her in January that she “wanted to kill Wilson” after finding out Wilson was having a romantic relationship with Strickland while she was still dating Strickland.
Wilson, on the other hand, “appeared under the impression she was still in a relationship with Strickland even though he was currently dating Armstrong,” according to the warrant.
The tragedy that followed this complicated love triangle was “unfathomable” to Strickland, according to a statement he provided to reporter Tony Plohetski for the Austin Statesman.
“There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime,” Strickland said in the statement, adding that the relationship between him and Wilson was “platonic” after their brief romantic relationship in October 2021.
“I am deeply grieving her loss,” Strickland said.
Authorities believe that Armstrong abandoned her black Jeep with license plate LDZ5608 somewhere around Austin. Anyone with information on Kaitlin Armstrong is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102
Wilson, a graduate of Dartmouth College, was a part of the college’s National Spanish Honors Society and Cum Laude Society, according to Dartmouth’s website. Both of her parents skied for the U.S. Ski Team.
Wilson’s death sent shockwaves through the cycling world and beyond.
“Mo. She made everyone better, everyone try a bit more,” cyclist Peter Stetina wrote on Instagram last week. “I feel we were all watching her star ascend from this goofy side of our sport to the loftiest of heights. And we were all proud of her. I hope her family knows how much she meant to so many. She had that special sauce, that you knew was rarer than rare, that would be something spectacular, and everyone knew it. She was just getting started.”