‘Shopping cart killer’ behind at least 4 Virginia murders, police say
Virginia police said on Friday they had arrested a suspected serial killer who they say has been responsible for at least four homicides in the state since August.
They said suspected serial killer Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, was nicknamed “the cart killer” because of his modus operandi.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said he encountered victims on dating sites and then in motels.
âAfter inflicting trauma on his victims and killing them, he transports their bodies to their final resting place, literally, in a shopping cart. And there’s a video to that effect,â Davis said.
Three of the victims identified to date are women; the identity of a fourth alleged victim has not yet been determined due to the decomposition, police said.
Davis was joined by Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner and Forensic Pathologist Ed O’Carroll, who also shared details of their investigations into a suspected serial killer at a press conference on Friday. .
Law enforcement officials said they would go through the state’s and Robinson’s travel records to see if there were more casualties than the four currently identified.
“We need to act now with our law enforcement partners to determine who else our killer has been in contact with and what their MO – dating sites, motels, blunt trauma, shopping cart, final resting place. “said Davis.
“He’s already killed four and we think he’s got more victims. He’s a predator.”
Robinson’s attorney, Louis Nagy, declined to comment.
Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said his service found the bodies of two victims, Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, and Tonita Laurice Smith, 39, in a shopping area in Harrisonburg on the 23rd. November and arrested Robinson in connection with their murders following CCTV and cell phone images that placed him with the victims before their deaths.
Records show Robinson had a clean criminal record before being charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of corpse concealment.
Robinson’s hearing in these cases is scheduled for December 27.
The Washington Metropolitan Police Department contacted Harrisonburg Police after arresting Robinson and said their murder suspect was the last known contact of Cheyenne Brown, a missing 29-year-old Washington woman who was last seen times in late September while traveling on the subway from Washington. DC at Huntington Station in Northern Virginia.
Major Ed O’Carroll said cadaver dogs were unable to locate Brown’s body near its last known location or “no evidence of its location.”
But on December 15, a board referred detectives to a commercial area in Alexandria near the Moon Inn Motel, where they “found what caught their attention, which is in a wooded area just off Highway 1. , from an article that needed a bit more investigative research – remembering that the Harrisonburg victims and murders were transported using a cart, âO’Carroll said.
Nearby, they found a container full of human remains, which forensic experts say are “tentatively” Brown’s.
Cellphone recordings have placed alleged victim Cheyenne Brown – who has not been identified with certainty but whom police “have every reason to believe” is the source of the so far unidentified human remains – together in a Northern Virginia metro station, Davis said.
“We have a tattoo that has been positively identified by her family as being Cheyenne’s tattoo, and the reason we don’t want to share this information … is Cheyenne because we think there might be more victims in the area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, âDavis said.
Brown’s family told NBC Washington that Cheyenne was pregnant at the time of her disappearance and had a 7-year-old son.