Beware of the ‘Shopping Cart Killer’
Police named a suspected serial killer in the murder of at least four victims, and possibly others, since August — their remains were found in Harrisonburg and Fairfax, Virginia, according to police.
The “Shopping Cart Killer” meets victims from online dating sites at motels before murdering them and transporting their remains in shopping carts, police said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. Police say the victims were killed with blunt force trauma.
While there is video evidence, police are holding off on releasing the footage as they work with the victims’ families.
The suspect is in custody at the Rockingham County Jail.
A joint news conference between Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis and Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner shared evidence naming Anthony Robinson, 35, as the alleged killer on Friday afternoon.
“Our shopping cart killer does unspeakable things with his victims,” Davis said. “And it’s our collective duty and responsibility to bring justice and closure to all of our communities.”
Police say Robinson has addresses ranging as far north as New York, and others are in Prince George’s County, Maryland and D.C. They suspect he may be responsible for other murders.
Robinson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in a case where two female victims were found in a vacant parking lot in Harrisonburg. He was arrested near the spot where the bodies were found in late November.
The victims were identified as Allene Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. Though police say they were killed at different times, their bodies were found near each other.
Police are calling Robinson is a “person of interest’ in the killings of two women found in Fairfax, which is over 100 miles from Harrisonburg.
Police said human remains were found Wednesday in an isolated wooded area near the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue. The remains were in a large plastic container near a shopping cart, police said.
Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Southeast D.C. was identified as one of the victims on Thursday after her family members recognized her tattoos, police said. Robinson was talking to Brown on a dating site and was four months pregnant at the time of her death.
Though her DNA has not been verified for Brown’s identification, police said they are releasing her name in an effort to find other possible victims.
Police say the decomposing state of the remains of the second person killed in Fairfax has made it difficult to identify the victim.
The possibility that sexual violence was involved in the crimes is being investigated.
Police are asking anyone who knows Robinson to reach out to investigators.
WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher contributed to this report.