Man Arrested For Murdering Co-Worker Who Rejected Him

According to police, a Minnesota woman who repeatedly rejected her co-worker’s advances was shot dead by the man who spurned her.

On Oct. 24, Nicole Hammond, 28, was shot once in the neck outside Dubow Textile on Lincoln Avenue.

An affidavit of probable cause states that she was found lying on the ground “with a puddle of blood around her head.”.

Documents show that witnesses saw suspect Michael Carpenter, 36, dressed in all black, arrive outside the business shortly before hearing a gunshot and seeing him abruptly drive away.

During a search of Hammond’s phone, police found text messages from Carpenter from the previous night indicating she “didn’t want to be touched or manipulated by him.”

“Don’t make it uncomfortable at work,” she allegedly said in the text according to court papers.

Additionally, Hammond texted a friend saying Carpenter was angry with her.

Others at the company reported that Carpenter had repeatedly rebuffed Carpenter’s advances over the past month.”

According to his co-workers, Carpenter “had a bad temper.”

In Carpenter’s car, a 9mm pistol and a loaded magazine were found.

According to court records, Carpenter was arrested at his sister’s house about three hours after the shooting on one count of second-degree murder.

Although he admitted he was upset over Hammond’s romantic rejection that morning, he denied pulling the trigger.

According to the probable cause affidavit, “He stated that he saw a lot of blood and felt traumatized, so he turned around and left.” He did not render aid, go to work, or call 911.”

Hammond and Carpenter’s boss, Rob Dubow, told Fox no complaints had been filed.

“Unfortunately, we had no idea,” Dubow told the station. “If anything needs our intervention, we step in. But, in this case, we had no indication.”

According to her obituary, Hammond planned to start her own jewelry business and was an avid hiker and kayaker.

“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about, because when you put your whole heart into your wishes you will get where you want to be,” Hammond once wrote.

She is survived by her parents, Steve Hammond and Terri Anderson, as well as her siblings Amy, Chad, Troy, and Cody Hammond.

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