A 28-year-old man is being arrested in a first-degree homicide investigation in the death of a teenager in Colorado Springs. The suspect and victim were coworkers at a Walgreens.
According to the arrest affidavit, at around 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, police received a 911 call from a manager at Walgreens, 6820 Centennial Blvd., who said he had found a dead body in the breakroom of the store and that there was “blood everywhere”. . ,
Joshua Johnson, 28, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. The victim has been identified as Riley Whitelaw, 17, of Colorado Springs. Whitelaw died on the spot.
According to the arrest affidavit, about a year ago, Whitelaw complained about Johnson to a store manager that he made her feel uncomfortable and “he moved towards her.” She requested a work schedule to avoid Johnson, but her work schedule was exceeded when Whitlaw requested more hours.
Before the attack, Johnson allegedly boxed in front of a surveillance camera in the room to obstruct the camera’s view. According to the affidavit, the breakroom windows were paper taped, and a restroom stop sign was placed in the area.
A woman who was a customer at the store told investigators that she heard a woman screaming and “stalls” closing.
According to the affidavit, Johnson was later contacted by the Colorado State Patrol as he was driving along Interstate 25 near Trinidad. He had scratch marks on his hands and face. He was arrested without incident and is being held in the El Paso County Jail for a first-degree murder investigation.
According to the affidavit, Johnson told investigators that he was in the breakroom and that he had “fallen in blood”. He was near a big dustbin at the shop where an empty bottle of bleach was found. He told investigators that he went home and “after it happened” washed blood from his clothes.
According to the affidavit, Johnson denied putting the boxes in front of surveillance cameras, although there is footage of him doing so. An investigation is ongoing.