The Texas yoga instructor accused of fatally shooting a romantic rival then fleeing to Costa Rica to avoid responsibility once had a monumental meltdown over an alleged food allergy while on a retreat yoga in Bali.
Kaitlin Armstrong, who was a real estate agent when she visited Indonesia’s top tourist destination in January 2018, spent four weeks in Canggu, Bali, studying to teach Vinyasa yoga – the same technique she taught at a surf hostel in Santa Teresa when she was arrested last week by Costa Rican authorities.
Armstrong has been charged with murder in the May 11 death of professional cyclist Mo Wilson. Armstrong’s boyfriend, another professional cyclist named Colin Strickland, told investigators he had an affair with Wilson last October during a hiatus in his relationship with Armstrong, as CrimeOnline previously reported. But he used a fake name for Wilson in his phone contacts and lied to his girlfriend about his whereabouts the day Wilson was killed: he and Wilson had gone swimming and then gone out to dinner. Strickland dropped Wilson off at a friend’s house where she was staying after dinner, but Armstrong allegedly tracked her wayward boyfriend using a cycling app and showed up at the house moments later.
Wilson was found dead an hour after Strickland dropped her off.
Another retreat participant told the US Sun that Armstrong arrived at the retreat with “pain in her eyes”, tearfully telling attendees that she ran away to Bali because she wanted to “change something at home”. She did not reveal what it was, said the participant, who wished to remain anonymous.
The meltdown happened at the start of the four-week course when some members of the group went out for dinner and then returned to a house one of them had rented.
“She had a kind of minor panic attack because she had a little allergic reaction to some food…she really overreacted,” the participant said.
Armstrong had been quiet and reserved until then, they said, but when a small rash appeared on her chest, she began to shake and hyperventilate.
“[It] seemed like a bit of an overreaction to what was happening,” they said. “She was quite anxious… just sort of shaking and breathing heavily.
“It was just pointless to react like that…everyone knew what was going on. It was, you know, quite a scene.
The source said they kept Armstrong at bay after that, calling it somewhat dramatic.
Armstrong seemed like a happier person at the end of retirement, the source said.
Investigators say Armstrong fled Texas after detectives questioned her about Wilson’s murder, then inexplicably let her go. She flew to New York and then flew to Costa Rica from an airport in New Jersey using someone else’s passport – believed to be her sister’s. When detectives found her, she was living in a hostel and teaching yoga four times a week under the name Arie.
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