Panama City, FL –
HARRISONBURG, Virginia (CORRUGATEDAuthorities in Virginia believe they have a serial killer in custody after linking the deaths of two women in the Shenandoah Valley to two other victims whose remains were found in the northern Virginia area.
Authorities have dubbed him the “shopping cart killer.”
Police said the suspect, a 35-year-old Washington, DC resident, Anthony Robinson, would carry the bodies of the victims in a shopping cart after the murders. He has also contacted at least some of the victims online on dating sites and is said to meet them in hotels, authorities said.
Robinson was originally arrested on November 23 in Harrisonburg after police found the bodies of two missing women, Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, in the same wasteland in Linda Lane.
He was arrested after surveillance footage and phone tapes linked him to the murders, according to Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner. Warner says the two victims were found near each other in the same lot, but were killed at different times.
Police also believe Robinson is linked to the death of Cheyenne Brown, a 29-year-old woman, whose remains were preliminarily identified after being found near the Moon Inn in Alexandria on Wednesday, along with the remains of a second. unidentified person.
The cases were linked after the DC Metropolitan Police Department called Harrisonburg Police a week after Robinson’s arrest and said they discovered the last known person in contact with Brown was Robinson.
Ed O’Connell of Warner and Fairfax PD said digital data obtained by investigators showed Brown was in the Moon Inn area on the night of September 30, but nothing was found in an original search . However, investigators were later able to determine, using CCTV, that Brown and Robinson were at the same subway station in Washington, DC on September 30.
Homicide detectives then returned to the original search area on Wednesday, December 15 and spotted a red shopping cart in a wooded area, recalling the two Harrisonburg victims being carried in a shopping cart.
Next to the cart was a container with the human remains of two people. Detectives were able to tentatively identify Brown through a distinctive tattoo on his body with help from family members, but were still awaiting testing for final confirmation.
They were not able to positively identify the other person.
O’Connell said detectives were able to determine Brown and Robinson communicated on a dating site before his death, and the records obtained should identify the second victim found in Fairfax County.
Police believe there may also be more victims in addition to the four they have located so far.
“There are likely other missing persons who have not yet been located who match the profile of these victims,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “We have a lot of work to do at the regional level.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfax Police Department at 703-246-7800 or their anonymous hotline at 866-411-8477.
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