A caravan of President Donald Trump supporters surrounded a Joe Biden campaign bus on I-35 in Hays County to the point that Austin-area political events were canceled Friday due to safety concerns.
During the tense road rage exchange, where the "Trump Train" waved Trump and American flags around the Biden bus, a white vehicle driven by a Biden campaign volunteer was hit by one of the pro-Trump supporters.
And now one of those supporters has come forward to claim responsibility for hitting the campaign volunteer's vehicle. Texas man Eliazar Cisneros took credit on Facebook over the weekend, although he offered no evidence to substantiate the claim—except to say his truck was not damaged in the exchange.
The campaign volunteer's vehicle, on the other hand, was severely damaged, based on photos circulating social media:
@ericcervini And here’s what happened to that car!! https://t.co/x4l3ssBg7H— Melissa W. #Vote2020 (@Melissa W. #Vote2020) 1604156857.0
Some conspiracy theorists have already emerged claiming the volunteer's white vehicle actually hit Cisneros' truck, not the other way around, but viral video shows several pro-Trump trucks swarming the Biden bus and the volunteer's white vehicle, which was located behind the bus before being forced from the spot.
Texas House Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, announced Friday on social media that a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign event in Pflugerville was canceled because the Trump supporters "escalated things well beyond safe limits, and we cannot risk the safety and security of anyone involved."
Despite the investigations, Trump and other prominent Republicans have expressed support for the trucks that swarmed the Biden campaign bus.
In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists,… https://t.co/FMdJFrGRQO— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1604279933.0
The Biden campaign issued its own statement: "...Trump supporters in Texas [Friday] decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm's way. Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Democrats up and down the ballot, and to the Texans who disrupted our events today: We'll see you on November 3rd."
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The Austin woman suspected of killing star cyclist visiting from out of town, Moriah "Mo" Wilson, has now been captured after evading arrest for more than a month.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, an Austin yoga instructor, is believed by officials to be the killer of Wilson, who was found with gunshot wounds in a friend's house on May 11. The murder is being investigated as a crime of passion after Wilson met up with Armstrong's ex-boyfriend.
According to the U.S. Marshals, Armstrong was located at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Officials said she may have been using her sister's name after fleeing Austin on May 14, the day after police questioned her. She was last identified at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18.
Federal authorities say they plan on returning Armstrong to the U.S., where she'll face charges of murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Here's a timeline of events since the night of Wilson's murder.
- The night of her death, Wilson met with Armstrong’s ex-boyfriend Colin Strickland, a fellow pro cyclist. According to an affidavit, the pair went swimming, then to dinner, before he dropped Wilson off at her friend's home where she was staying in East Austin at around 8:30 p.m.
- While Wilson and Stickland had previously had a romantic relationship, Stickland said the two were friends. The affidavit says Strickland lied to Armstrong about his whereabouts that evening.
- Video footage shows Armstrong’s Jeep pulled up nearby the home within a minute of Wilson arriving home.
- At around 10 p.m., Wilson's friend called Austin police after finding her in a pool of blood. Wilson had been staying with the friend ahead of the upcoming bike race in nearby Hico, Texas.
- Armstrong was brought in for questioning the day after the murder and released after appearing “very still and guarded” when confronted with video evidence.
- The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said her black Jeep Cherokee was sold to a South Austin CarMax dealership on May 13 for $12,200.
- She leaves from the Austin airport on May 14.
- Shell casings found on the scene matched a gun belonging to Armstrong.
- Austin police obtained an arrest warrant for Armstrong on May 17.
- She took a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Jose, Costa Rica on May 18 using a fraudulent passport, according to the Marshals.
- On May 25, another warrant was obtained for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
- On June 29, she was captured by the U.S. Marshals
Austin police have arrested 26-year-old Alexander Jordan after he allegedly committed nine robberies around Austin in under 24 hours.
Jordan is facing 10 counts of aggravated robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and evading detention.
APD said Jordan started his spree at 8:19 p.m. Saturday on Pleasant Valley at Pipe Dreams and continued to eight other locations, including multiple Shell and 7-Eleven gas stations before ending the run just after 4 p.m. Sunday.
Seven of the robberies were located within Austin's city limits, while one was outside Austin but within the Travis County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
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