A Colorado man is now behind bars for allegedly killing a teenage Walgreens co-worker who made complaints that his advances “made her uncomfortable,” according to an affidavit.
This guy is a real slimeball.
According to Law & Crime, the victim has been identified as 17-year-old Riley Whitelaw. Whitelaw had reported 28-year-old Joshua Taylor Johnson to management last year.
What kind of sicko who is darn near thirty makes sexual and romantic advances on a 17-year-old girl? That goes far beyond creepy. That’s pedo territory.
“According to an arrest affidavit, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department responded at approximately 6:55 p.m. on June 11 to a 911 call from a Walgreens store located at 6820 Centennial Boulevard. One of the store managers, Justin Zunino, told the emergency dispatcher that he had ‘found a body in the break room’ and ‘there was blood everywhere,’” the report said.
“Upon arriving at the scene approximately seven minutes later, first responders located the body of a 17-year-old female, quickly identified as Whitelaw, in the employee break room. She appeared to have suffered ‘significant trauma to her neck area,’ police said,” according to the report.
“There was a large amount of blood on the floor around the head of the victim,” the affidavit revealed. “There were significant blood stains on the floor, cabinets, and counter of the break room. There was an identification badge on the floor and a radio earpiece on the floor near the victim’s feet. Officers observed no sign of life.”
Zunino then told local law enforcement officers that another manager contacted him around 5:30 p.m. because Whitelaw never came back from her break. Zunino came back to the store around 6 p.m. to take a look at the surveillance footage showed Johnson acting strangely just a few moments before Whitelaw disappeared.
The footage allegedly showed the suspect “stacking bins in front of a surveillance camera” until the camera was then completely blocked. Paper was taped over the windows in the break room and a “restroom closed” sign was up “to keep people out.”
Here are a few more details from the Law & Crime piece:
After watching the footage, Zunino went to the break room area and found Whitelaw’s body, stating that there “was blood everywhere and he did not enter the room,” per the affidavit.
That’s when police learned that Whitelaw had previously filed complaints against Johnson for “advances” he made towards her while they were at work.
“Zunino stated Riley had complained about Joshua about a year ago because he had made advances toward her, and it made her feel uncomfortable. Mr. Zunino stated he had warmed Joshua to keep things professional and Joshua appeared to be receptive,” the affidavit revealed. “Several weeks ago, Riley had requested to work a different schedule because Joshua made her feel uncomfortable. When she made another request for additional hours, she was told it would require working with Joshua.”
Another manager informed police that Whitelaw’s boyfriend came to see her at the store around three months ago. During that time, the manager revealed “Joshua appeared to be acting jealous.”
“That manager unknowingly ran into Johnson as he may have been attempting to clean himself off just after Whitelaw’s murder, authorities say. While looking for Whitelaw by the dumpster out back, the manager ‘smelled a strong odor of bleach’ and attempted to open the door. She then heard ‘a male voice saying he was changing’ and could see his feet under the door. But by the time she got Zunino, the man was gone,” the report said.
A customer in the store also spoke with police saying that at 5:44 p.m. she was standing in the deodorant aisle when she thought she might have heard the screams of a woman and stalls slamming. But then she second guessed herself, thinking, “she could not have heard what she thought so she purchased the item and left.”
Johnson allegedly told law enforcement officials that he had at one time had a crush on Whitelaw, but clarified that his feelings toward her had changed. He then admitted to being in the break room after the girl was murdered.
“Joshua admitted to being in the break room and stated he fell in the blood. Joshua admitted he was the person [the manager] talked to by the dumpster and he was trying to leave. He went home right after ‘that happened’ and took off all his clothes because they were all bloody,” the affidavit went on to say. “Joshua denied stacking the totes in front of the camera even when confronted that there was surveillance video showing him doing it.”
Police officials stated the investigation into the murder is currently ongoing.
Johnson is still in jail. He’s being held without bond at the El Paso County Jail. His court date is scheduled for June 21.
This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather