San Francisco cyclist killed; fellow cyclist’s girlfriend wanted
(CNN) – An elite cyclist from San Francisco was fatally shot this month in Texas, and U.S. Marshals are looking for the girlfriend of another cyclist in connection with the murder.
Anna Moriah Wilson, 25, was killed May 11 at a friend’s home in Austin, according to an affidavit of arrest filed in Travis County District Court. She was in Texas for a bicycle race.
The US Marshals Service is asking for the public’s help in locating 34-year-old Kaitlin Marie Armstrong.
The affidavit said a romantic relationship began last fall between Wilson and fellow professional cyclist Colin Strickland, 35, who at the time had been estranged from Armstrong, his girlfriend of about three years. After Strickland and Armstrong reconciled, he continued to communicate surreptitiously with Wilson.
Armstrong had contacted Wilson on several occasions and, in one instance, told him to “stay away” from Strickland, one of Wilson’s friends told investigators, according to the affidavit.
On the day of the murder, Wilson went swimming with Strickland in the early evening and they had dinner together. He drove her to his friend’s house on his motorbike and dropped her off shortly after 8:30 p.m.
A minute after Wilson arrived at the house, security camera video captured Armstrong’s car on a nearby street, according to the affidavit.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Wilson’s friend returned home to find the door unlocked and an unresponsive Wilson in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor. Wilson’s bike was missing from home; it was found hidden in the vegetation about 30 meters away.
Within 24 hours of Wilson’s death, agents from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended Armstrong on an unrelated arrest warrant and spoke to him. However, Austin police then said they learned Armstrong’s arrest warrant was invalid and told her she was free to go.
Armstrong asked to end the interview and left after detectives began confronting her about security camera video that placed her car near the crime scene, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, ballistic evidence found at the murder scene was compared to bullets fired from a gun Strickland had purchased for Armstrong. The test showed that “the possibility of the same firearm being involved is significant,” the document says.
Wilson, known as Mo, grew up in Vermont, graduated from Dartmouth College and lived in San Francisco. A recent article on cycling news site VeloNews called her “the winningest woman on the American off-road scene,” after a string of California victories including the Grasshopper Adventure Series, Shasta Gravel Hugger, Belgian Waffle Ride and a gravel race. at last month’s Sea Otter Classic in Monterey County.
She had also skied competitively, notably for the Dartmouth team.
Wilson and Strickland specialized in gravel racing, a relatively new discipline described as a hybrid of mountain biking and road racing.
Armstrong, a real estate agent, also competed in bicycle races. In an interview with police after the shooting, Strickland – which is sponsored by Red Bull – described her as a “participant” in races and said she “holds it back” when they train together.
The marshals notice states that Armstrong is 5-foot-8, 125 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes.
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