The Texas yoga teacher accused of murdering a romantic rival has been hopping around Costa Rica under an alias, officials said Thursday — as they revealed the owner of the passport she used to flee may face criminal charges.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, the 34-year-old accused in the murder of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson, used the names Beth Martin, Liz Martin and Ari Martin and visited several hostels and yoga studios before arresting U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla last week, on a press conference.
“During the investigation in Costa Rica, it was revealed that Armstrong has traveled to multiple destinations including San Jose — where she landed at the airport there — Jaco Beach and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica,” Filla said.
That’s where the yogi was caught last Wednesday after drastically changing her appearance and looking like she’d had cosmetic surgery.
She was taken into custody at Don Jon’s Surf Shop and Yoga Lodge and gave uniformed local officers a false name when they questioned her for entering the country on a fake passport, Filla said. Minutes after her arrest, she revealed her real identity.
Armstrong had fled the United States from Newark Liberty International Airport on a valid passport belonging to someone “closely associated with her.” Inside Edition later reported Armstrong left her sister Christine’s passport in a locker at Don Jon’s, but authorities have not confirmed that Christine’s passport was used.
A reporter asked at Thursday’s press conference whether the passport holder could be charged.
“This is an active investigation right now,” Filla replied. “We have forwarded this information to the United States Attorney’s Office in Austin and also in New Jersey.”
Armstrong is accused of shooting 25-year-old Wilson in Austin on May 11 out of jealous rage. Wilson, who was romantically linked to Armstrong’s friend Colin Strickland, had just gotten back to a friend’s house after spending the day with Strickland.
The yoga teacher fled Austin after being questioned by police, sold her truck and took a flight to Houston, before flying to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. On May 18, she was dropped off at Newark Airport and used someone else’s passport to get to Costa Rica, where she was apparently trying to start a new life.
It started with a one-hour bus ride from San Jose.
“She visited other hostels and other yoga studios. So she was really trying to set up something where she could teach yoga over there in Costa Rica,” said Filla.
A $6,350 cosmetic surgery bill found in her locker is now part of the evidence, but the deputy marshal said her name wasn’t on it, so it couldn’t be confirmed at this time.
Still, Armstrong had a bandage on her nose and had discoloration under her eyes, and her arrest photos show a noticeable difference in the shape of her nose.
Armstrong was returned to the United States on Saturday and extradited on Tuesday for Austin’s murder.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/07/love-triangle-slay-suspect-kaitlin-armstrong-used-aliases-to-move-around-costa-rica-cops-say/ Love triangle suspect Kaitlin Armstrong used aliases to move around Costa Rica, police officers say