TX - Moriah Wilson, 25, prized cyclist, fatally shot before race, Austin, May 2022

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Honestly, after following cases here for over a decade, and having an extended family with several career LE, I had no clue what the differences were in Marshals and FBI either, and was quite surprised to read that it seems to be that catching fugitives is the Marshals area of expertise.
I know, I always assumed the FBI did that!
 

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I am not sure about that. If we use a debit card at Chicago O'Hare International airport for the Bank of China which is not liked to a U.S. institution, how can the card holder be traced in the U.S.? It comes right out of an account in Beijing.
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It seems you understand how this works, @Sundog , but I'll try and make a picture so everyone can get it.

What you're saying here would look like this:
You go to an ATM at O'Hare. You put your Bank of China debit card in the slot. You punch in a request for $300 cash. The money will come out of your Bank of China account. Dollars come out of the ATM slot.
So, how did the dollars get there? The Bank of China receives your message electronically that you want money out of your account, that it has to be delivered to O'Hare in dollars, and it must be available in the slot at ATM #4 in Terminal 3, where you have been waiting patiently for a few seconds. They (i.e. their computer) get right to it. Your withdrawal flies through the air in yuan, the yuan transforms themselves into dollars en route, and magically stick themselves in the ATM so they can come out of the slot for you? In a mere clickety clickety clickety clack of a few seconds?

Clearly that's not gonna work, right? There are reciprocal agreements between banks, multinational financial services companies, financial networks, a vast electronic web. Banking is also a highly regulated business: governments are involved; currency values are kept steady; there's a lot of oversight (e.g. to prevent money laundering, minimize fraud, etc.).

Your ATM fees cover these services.

And let's not forget, if you're standing at an ATM, some financial institution or other is taking a photo of you. KA might not appreciate this.
 

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ETA: Of course, it is connected to the Discover financial network in the U.S. only if KA is using the UnionPay credit/debit card in the U.S. If she is using it in Indonesia, there is no U.S. record, it goes directly through UnionPay in China.
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How would there be no US record when the ATM is located in the US? The ATM spits out a transaction receipt. That means there's a record.
 

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The US Marshals have said that KA is wanted for murder, and is considered armed and dangerous. The charge is Murder in the first degree:




As for Colin Strickland:

Strickland alleges he has not seen Armstrong since May 13.

Strickland has not been charged with a crime in the murder case and has fully cooperated with authorities in all aspects of the investigation.”


 
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SteveP - I agree 1000% with you.
A few years ago I was at a tech conference in San Jose and a panelist, a very significant guy, brought up the idea of a public/private technical draft in the United States to solve problems like this. The logic goes: ask Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Microsoft to serve up a thousand engineers and Agile scrum masters each in the service of the United States, and take this company-paid group of 5000 and brute force the architecture and code builds to solve problems like this one ^^^
Goal: return within 1 second of identification scan any open felony or higher warrant, federal or from any state; return within 1 second any interpol notice; notify record to homeland security in waiting rooms alongside TSA.

I don’t think anyone with an open felony or higher warrant or an interpol notice should be flying in the United States. Not talking parking tickets here. But the data science behind trying to solve this is so incredibly knotty; hundreds of systems; no enterprise standards. He was saying, let’s draft a pool of excellent engineers and go for fixing this, we’ll screw it up a bunch but eventually get there. This is 2022’s version of wartime draft. We don’t need muscular 18yos for this one. We need the nerds in the basements!!! (Like many of us) :)
In my opinion, could be done with the resources you described and could be broken up into manageable pieces. Doing a quick napkin sketch, you could have a ”data lake” for all the raw data and different formats, design a standard format (metadata), and transform from the data lake formats into a single database of the standard format. Fascinating subject. Could be applied to pandemic related too. Cool thoughts by you folks.
 

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This article is a good summary of the initial police evidence and includes a link to the affidavit in support of charging KA with murder.


The affidavit described CS’s whereabouts after the drop off of MW and noted texts he sent after and video surveillance at locations he was seen that evening during the time he spent with MW and after he dropped her off (about 8:35 pm). (Keeping in mind much more evidence including forensics and particularly crime scene evidence would have been developed since this affidavit, so this does not represent the totality of the evidence in this case.).

The article said “Video surveillance footage from multiple locations corroborate Strickland’s statements to police.”

IMO there is much more evidence against KA and also her flight from apprehension would not make sense if she had nothing to do with this.
 
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The affidavit said “Video surveillance footage from multiple locations corroborate Strickland’s statements to police.”

IMO there is much more evidence against KA and also her flight from apprehension would not make sense if she had nothing to do with this.
Excellent points.

Police were initially suspicious of CS but the evidence exonerated him.

And I’ve always felt if CS had “set KA up”, she and her father would have hired a good legal team, and stayed and fought. KA would say, “I know I’m innocent, and I have nothing to hide”.

Her running speaks volumes. She knows she has no real defense for what she did.
 

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Excellent points.

Police were initially suspicious of CS but the evidence exonerated him.

And I’ve always felt if CS had “set KA up”, she and her father would have hired a good legal team, and stayed and fought. KA would say, “I know I’m innocent, and I have nothing to hide”.

Her running speaks volumes. She knows she has no real defense for what she did.
Agree, I don’t think any of us are asking for her to be summarily convicted of murder, just that she needs to come back and face the music
 

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This article is a good summary of the initial police evidence and includes a link to the affidavit in support of charging KA with murder.


The affidavit described CS’s whereabouts after the drop off of MW and noted texts he sent after and video surveillance at locations he was seen that evening during the time he spent with MW and after he dropped her off (about 8:35 pm). (Keeping in mind much more evidence including forensics and particularly crime scene evidence would have been developed since this affidavit, so this does not represent the totality of the evidence in this case.).

The article said “Video surveillance footage from multiple locations corroborate Strickland’s statements to police.”

IMO there is much more evidence against KA and also her flight from apprehension would not make sense if she had nothing to do with this.

Thank you, Mariposa. I appreciate the information.
 

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I genuinely wonder what would happen if she walked into a United States airport right now and handed her passport to a ticketing agent and/or TSA. Would she be identified and stopped? If you had asked me a month ago I would’ve said, absolutely, must be so? Now I am thoroughly unconvinced.
 

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I genuinely wonder what would happen if she walked into a United States airport right now and handed her passport to a ticketing agent and/or TSA. Would she be identified and stopped? If you had asked me a month ago I would’ve said, absolutely, must be so? Now I am thoroughly unconvinced.
I guess it all depends on how much they’ve been briefed about being on the lookout for KA. They should have those US Marshals posters at every checkpoint and boarding area.
 

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It has been one month since Mo's life was senselessly taken from her.


Earlier this month, the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said Armstrong was dropped off at the Newark Library International Airport but no outbound flight reservations had been made under Armstrong’s name.

“Now with that being said, there’s a lot of things that could have happened,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal [BF]. “She could have been very deceptive to stay off radar, meaning she got transportation to the airport and may have been there – then got transportation out of there like rideshare or bus. But we do know it’s been confirmed through our investigation her last known whereabouts were at that airport on May 18.
 

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We have talked about passport fraud in relation to this case, and here is a case reported on this week of an Ohio woman who stole the identity of a deceased baby and used the stolen identity for 20 years before she was caught.

Former local bakery owner arrested for stealing identity of deceased baby, $1.5M pandemic relief fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus woman was arrested in Utah on federal charges related to stealing the identity of a baby who died as an infant. The woman allegedly used the infant’s identity to obtain a passport, a student pilot license, a job as a flight attendant, admission into The Ohio State University and pandemic relief loans.

Ava Misseldine, 49, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, was charged by a criminal complaint with passport fraud, Social Security number fraud, aggravated identity theft and fraud in connection with an emergency.

According to court documents, Misseldine stole the identity of a baby who died in 1979 and is buried in a Columbus cemetery.
 
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