Woman ‘Repeatedly’ Rejected Coworker’s Advances, Texted Him to Not Touch Her. She Was Killed the Next Day

A 36-year-old St. Cloud, Minn., man was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his collaborator, police said. Michael Carpenter was arrested in connection with the death of 28-year-old Nicole Hammond, who allegedly dismissed his advances, according to a police probable cause statement obtained by the Kansas City Star.

The night before Hammond was killed, instant messages indicated she let Carpenter know that “she would have rather not been contacted or manipulated by him,” police said in the statement, according to the newspaper. She’d spent the earlier month “repeatedly” rejecting his advances, according to the statement.

Collaborators told St. Cloud Police that Carpenter allegedly made several unwanted advances toward Hammond, yet her manager told TV station FOX9 that nothing was accounted for to management. “Unfortunately, we had no idea,” Hammond’s supervisor Loot Dubow told the station.

“Any time there is anything that requires our intervention we step in. Yet, in this case we had no indication that there was anything awry.”

He said Hammond was a great worker, who everyone cherished working with.

“Nicole always had a grin on her face, and anybody who had any association with her couldn’t resist the opportunity to like her.” At about 7 a.m. on Oct. 24, police responded to a shooting and found Hammond on the ground of a parking parcel with a gunfire wound, police stated in an official statement. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

After an investigation, criminal investigators recognized a suspect. In practically no time before 10 a.m., police arrested Carpenter without incident at a home.

“A handgun was recuperated as the consequence of the arrest,” police stated.

Carpenter is as of now being held at the Benton Region Jail and has not been arraigned, according to online jail records. It was unclear whether he obtained an attorney to speak on his behalf.

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