A Colorado Walgreens employee was charged with the murder of a 17-year-old coworker, who had previously rejected his advances and complained that he was making her uncomfortable.
The Colorado Springs Police Department said Monday that Joshua Taylor Johnson, 28, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Riley Whitelaw.
According to an affidavit, Whitelaw told the store manager that Johnson made her feel uncomfortable and that “he had made attempts toward her” months before her terrible murder.
In an arrest affidavit report obtained by KKTV, a Walgreens manager in Colorado Springs discovered Whitelaw’s body in the break room on June 11 after the high school student never returned from her break.
At approximately 6:55 p.m., police officers arrived on the scene. Whitelaw was discovered lying in a large amount of blood with injuries to her neck. Officers found no evidence of life and blood on the floor, cupboards, and counter in the staff break room.
When Whitelaw requested more hours, she was told she would have to work with Johnson again.
Three months ago, another coworker said Johnson “looked to be jealous.” When Whitelaw’s boyfriend started working at the same Walgreens shop around.
Johnson allegedly taped the paper to the windows and stacked boxes in the break room of the store at 6820 Centennial Boulevard on Saturday to block the view of the security camera.
A report which cited the affidavit, on the day of Whitelaw’s death, a customer told police she heard a female woman yelling and the sound of stalls slamming.
Johnson was recognized as the suspect and stopped by Colorado State Patrol troopers in Walsenburg, roughly an hour and a half drive from Colorado Springs. He was discovered with noticeable scratches on his face and hands and was apprehended without incident on Sunday, according to authorities.
The affidavit says Johnson told investigators he was in the break room when he “dropped in the blood” and went home to wash it off his clothes. He denied stacking boxes in front of the security camera despite video evidence, and he was later spotted near to a large trash bin where investigators discovered an empty bottle of bleach, according to court filings.
Rest In Peace to my amazing friend Riley Whitelaw(bottom left). She was my first friend at air academy and she made me feel extremely happy with the fact that I would eventually make friends at aahs. She was a strong young woman who was talented in multiple ways pic.twitter.com/3DdNqNHPX6
— Gurrt (@Gurrt12) June 15, 2022
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