Evidence of ‘Alleged Serial Killer’ Emerges in Virginia: Here’s What Authorities Know

by Josh Lanier
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Virginia police say they’ve caught the serial killer they call “The Shopping Cart Killer.” Investigators believe he killed four women since August. Now, they are turning their attention to finding other victims.

Fairfax police say that Anthony Robinson, 35, did “unspeakable things” to his victims, reports said. They arrested him late last month and charged him with killing two women. Police recently discovered two more bodies and believe he may have killed them as well.

Detectives say Robinson would meet women on dating websites, take them to hotels where he would kill them, and then transport their bodies using a shopping cart.

“The good thing is he’s in custody,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis at a Friday press conference. “The challenge that remains is identifying other victims.”

Investigators found the bodies of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville in a vacant lot on Nov. 24. Police say they were killed separately but they found them together.

Investigators found two more bodies earlier this week. They say the family of Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, D.C., identified her based on tattoos. Investigators haven’t identified the fourth body yet because of decomposition.

Police didn’t say why they believe Robinson is the killer. But they said the evidence they uncovered during a search after his arrest led them to investigate an area near the Moon Inn, a motel in Fairfax. They found a shopping cart next two a large plastic container. The two most recent bodies were stuffed inside.

He said that all three of the victims that police have identified met Robinson through an online dating site. They’re now going through his dating history to find any additional victims.

There is video evidence in this case, but police aren’t releasing it yet.

Alleged Killer Lived In Multiple Areas Along the East Coast

What is concerning to Fairfax leaders is that Anthony Robinson wasn’t on their radar until police arrested him late last month. He has no criminal record and has lived as far north as New York, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in recent years

“That’s what worries us,” Davis said. “He didn’t suddenly turn into who he is three months ago.”

According to the Serial Killer Information Center, the average male serial killer kills their first victim at 27 years old. Robinson is 35.

Police are working to get a more accurate picture of where Robinson lived and worked.

“We know he’s obviously traveled all the way down to Harrisonburg (100 miles from Fairfax),” Davis said. “But where else has he been? Where else has he laid his head? Where else has he worked? Who does he know in all of the jurisdictions in between?”

Police said all of the victims died from blunt force trauma.

“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.”

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