Walgreens Employee Killed Teenage Coworker Because She Rejected His Romantic Advances


Joshua Johnson, 28, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Riley Whitelaw.

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A Colorado man allegedly killed his teenage co-worker at a Walgreens after she rebuffed his romantic advances.

About a year before, the victim filed a complaint with the managers of the establishment reporting that the subject made her feel uncomfortableaccording to a report.

Joshua Johnson, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Riley Whitelaw.on Saturday, KKTV reported, citing the arrest affidavit.

A manager found Whitelaw’s body in the store’s bloody break room. on Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs shortly before 7 p.m.

Whitelaw “had suffered significant trauma to the neck area,” according to the document. “There was a large amount of blood on the floor around the victim’s head.”.

Police found his identification tag and a radio earpiece near his feet, authorities said.

On the day of the murder, Johnson was caught on surveillance video stacking containers in front of the camera to block their view and taping paper to the windows, according to the affidavit.

Another manager said that while searching for Whitelaw, he checked outside the pharmacy next to a dumpster and smelled a “strong odor of bleach,” according to the affidavit.

“She tried to open the door and heard a male voice say she was changing,” the document says.

Johnson was later stopped by state police while walking on Interstate 25, where he was found with scratches on his face and hands, authorities said.

Johnson told officers he had been attacked at a Walgreens in Colorado Springs, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Troy Kessler told KKTV.

In an interview with investigators, Johnson said he “slipped on blood” and went home to change.

Johnson later “admitted at one point that he was in love with Riley, but that he was no longer because he was now intimate with one of the pharmacy managers, who did not mention having a relationship with the suspect during an interview with police. One of the managers reportedly said that Whitelaw had recently requested a different schedule to avoid working with Johnson, and another manager told investigators that Johnson showed signs of jealousy when the teen’s boyfriend started working at the store.

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