• Joshua Johnson, 28, was accused of murdering his 17-year-old co-worker
  • Riley Whitelaw's bloodied body was found in the Walgreens bathroom on June 11
  • The accused had scratches on his hands and face when cops arrested him a day later

Colorado Springs, Colorado, -- A Walgreens employee in Colorado has been charged with murder for allegedly murdering his female co-worker. The 17-year-old victim had complained to the managers a year ago about the accused, Joshua Johnson, 28, making her uncomfortable at work, reports said.

Johnson was accused of murder after the teen, Riley Whitelaw, was found dead in the bathroom of the store at Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs on June 11, NY Post reported.

Emergency officers arrived at the scene after one of the store managers, Justin Zunino found Whitelaw's bloodied body inside the Walgreens bathroom. The responding officers determined that the victim had no signs of life and "had suffered significant trauma to her neck area."

During the investigation, Zunino told the officers that he found Johnson behaving oddly in the moments before the victim was found missing following a bathroom break.

While reviewing the store's surveillance video, Zunino saw Johnson "stacking bins in front of a surveillance camera" to block the view. He also found a paper stuck over the windows in the employee break room that read "restroom closed."

Suspicious over the acts, Zunino went into the breakroom to check and found the victim's body.

"There was a large amount of blood on the floor around the head of the victim. There were significant blood stains on the floor, cabinets, and counter of the break room," Law & Crime reported quoting the arrest affidavit.

Zunino told the officers that about a year ago, Whitelaw had complained to him about Johnson making advances toward her. He then reportedly warned Johnson to keep things professional.

"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," Zunino said.

Another manager told the investigators that when Whitelaw's boyfriend visited the store three months ago, Johnson was acting jealous.

A day after the murder, the police took Johnson into custody about 100 miles away from the store. He had scratches on his hands and face, police said.

Johnson told the officers that he previously had a crush on Whitelaw but claimed that his feelings had changed.

A court scheduled his hearing for June 21.

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