Shopping cart killer Anthony Robinson murdered four women: police
Police fear that a suspected serial killer will take more lives. Anthony robinson, 35, murdered four women, including a pregnant one, cops in Virginia said on Friday. Cops call him the “Shopping Cart Killer” because they say he moved leftovers in shopping carts.
Three of the victims have been identified, officers said. Each of the three met him through online dating and each of the murders took place within the past two or three months, according to police.
“That’s what worries us,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin davis noted. “He didn’t suddenly become what he was three months ago. This is why we carefully examine his whereabouts, his connections, his work history to determine if there are in fact any other victims.
Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley warner told reporters that the cops found two dead women in an open area. Officers identified them as Elizabeth redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg and resident of Charlottesville Tonita lorice smith. They were found a short distance from each other but were killed at different times and were moved there in a cart, officers said.
Fairfax Police say they separately found a DC resident Cheyenne Brown, 29 years old, and an unidentified person. Their remains were in a large plastic container near a shopping cart, cops said.
“The state of decomposition was so bad it’s going to take a bit of work, but we have leads on one particular missing person last seen in the area,” Davis said of the unidentified person.
Brown has yet to be positively identified, with cops relying on a tattoo they claim has been identified by her family. DNA testing is pending, but Davis said they named her immediately because they feared there were more victims and wanted more information.
“He prey on the weak, he prey on the vulnerable and he does unspeakable things with his victims,” Davis said.
The chief described Robinson as having a “remarkable absence” of criminal history. Robinson was somewhat transient, with many jobs over the years, he said.
Agents suggest this investigation could take them out of state, with Robinson having previous addresses in New York City, as well as Prince George County and Washington DC
Police: Cheyenne Brown, missing woman, potential victim of this “serial killer”. His body was found in a container in Fairfax County. She was the mother of a 7 year old boy and had a baby on the way. https://t.co/RrjypaQD3J pic.twitter.com/pbdiYLU1T3
– Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) December 17, 2021
Robinson’s model was to move from dating sites to motels, kill women with blunt trauma, move their bodies around in carts and put them in their “resting place,” Davis said.
Some, including Brown, may have been with him at the Moon Inn on the Richmond Highway, police said. In his case, police said Brown took the DC Metro train to the Huntington stop on September 30 and never returned.
She was in the 6100 block of the Richmond Freeway, possibly at the Moon Inn that night. The video showed her with Robinson together at the same subway station in DC. Additionally, cellular data also showed them together, agents said. She had met him through a dating site, according to the Fairfax County Police Major. Ed O’Carroll. Brown was four months pregnant, he said.
He expressed hope that searching the dating site’s records would help identify the anonymous victim.
O’Carroll said investigators had not ruled out that more than one person could be involved in the murders.
He asked anyone with any information to report to Fairfox Police at (703) 246-7800. Anonymous advice through the crime resolution program. 1 866-411-TIPS. There is a reward program for information leading to charges, he said.
“I’m sorry,” O’Carroll said, addressing the families of the victims. “My deepest condolences. This police department, Harrisonburg Police Department, all agencies mentioned are absolutely committed. Justice will prevail and the offender will be held accountable for what he or she has done.
[Booking photo via Fairfax County Police Department]
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