An accused serial killer nicknamed the ‘cart killer’ has now been linked to the death of a sixth woman in Virginia – whose death was previously suspected to be the result of cardiac arrhythmia.
Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, has previously been charged with the murders of two women whose bodies were found in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg in 2021.
The accused killer has also been named a suspect in three other murders in the state and in Washington DC.
Now authorities in Prince George’s County are trying to determine if Robinson played a role in the February 2018 death of 30-year-old Skye Allen, who he was dating.
Allen’s mother, Stacey Allen, told NBC Washington she never believed her daughter had died of heart disease after finding the young woman unconscious and struggling to breathe in the bedroom she shared with Robinson on Valentine’s Day.
Doctors at Prince George Hospital said Skye died of a heart arrhythmia, but her mother said she suspected Robinson of wrongdoing – and even asked him directly if he had killed Skye.
“I asked him, ‘Did you do something to my daughter?’ He said, “No,” said the mother.
In November 2021, more than three years after her daughter’s death, Stacey Allen said she was contacted by a detective from Rockingham County, Virginia to ask about Robinson.
The man had been arrested in connection with the murders of Allene Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, who were killed around October 24 and November 14, respectively.
Their bodies were discovered together Nov. 23 in a vacant lot next to a shopping cart that cops believe had been used to transport the bodies, earning Robinson his gruesome nickname.
In December 2021, the remains of two other women were discovered in a large plastic container near another shopping cart next to the Moon Inn hotel in Fairfax County, Virginia. They have been identified as Cheyenne Brown, 29, and Stephanie Harrison, 48.
Fairfax County police have publicly stated that they have linked Robinson to the murders of the two women. Police say Robinson was staying at the Moon Inn Hotel at the time and was linked to Brown via cellphone and video evidence, The Washington Post reports.
Since then, Robinson has also been linked to the death of Sonya Champ, 40, whose body was found in a shopping cart in northeast DC in September 2021.
So far, Robinson has not been charged in the Brown, Harrison or Champ murders.
Authorities said Robinson found his victims on dating apps like Plenty of Fish and Tagged, met them in hotels, where he injured and then killed them, before transporting their bodies in shopping carts.
On Monday, a Virginia judge ruled there was sufficient probable cause for a grand jury to consider first-degree murder charges against Robinson in the deaths of Smith and Redmon, OMCP reported.
Robinson’s defense attorney argued the murders were not premeditated and asked the judge to downgrade the charges to second-degree murder – but prosecutors disagreed, accusing the defendant of luring the victims to their death, then getting rid of them.
“He used them for what he wanted and then left them to rot with the maggots,” persecutor Marsha Garsh told the court.
Judge John Stanley Hart sided with the prosecution, saying the circumstantial evidence against Robinson was “strong” and pointed to “a methodical plan to kill”.
Authorities in Prince George’s County said they have opened an investigation into Skye Allen’s death, but the case will certainly present challenges as the woman’s body was cremated in 2018.