AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas woman accused last year of killing professional cyclist Moriah Wilson briefly escaped sheriff’s custody Wednesday morning after a doctor’s appointment, officials said.
Kaitlin Armstrong has been held in the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle, Texas, since last year on charges that she shot and killed a woman who had previously dated Armstrong’s boyfriend. Two deputies were escorting her back to the patrol car after her appointment Wednesday when she began running, according to Travis County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark.
Texas authorities said Armstrong traveled about a block into a South Austin, Texas, neighborhood before police found and detained her. Dark declined to say whether Armstrong had been restrained after leaving the appointment. Officials did not reveal Armstrong’s reasons for seeking treatment due to patient confidentiality laws.
Dark said Armstrong remained within the deputies’ eyesight during the minutes she was out of custody. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the incident. Armstrong’s attorney, Rick Cofer, did not comment.
The incident is the latest involving an inmate escaping custody, including the notorious case of escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante, who led Pennsylvania authorities on a two-week search in September.
Source : USA Today