Authorities said Friday that a suspect who had previously been charged with the murders of two women, whose bodies were found in a lot in Harrisonburg in November, would be linked to the deaths of two others whose remains were found this week in a wooded area of Alexandria.
“We’re here today to talk about a serial killer – and that’s a phrase I’ve used sparingly in my three decades in this profession,” the county police chief said. Fairfax, Kevin Davis, at a press briefing.
“He preys on the weak and the vulnerable,” Davis added. “Our shopping cart killer is doing untold things with his victims, and it’s our collective duty and responsibility to bring justice and closure to all of our communities.”
Two missing Virginia women – Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville – were both found dead Nov. 23 near each other in a lot open to Harrisonburg’s commercial district. , police said.
Authorities allege the two women connected with the suspect, Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, DC, through dating sites and met him multiple times at a hotel. Their bodies were found with blunt force trauma and investigators believe they were transported to the scene in a shopping cart.
“After 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,” Davis said.
According to Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner, Robinson was arrested last month based on surveillance videos and cellphone recordings that linked him to the two victims. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of concealing, transporting or altering a corpse.
More charges are pending in connection with the deaths of two people found Wednesday in Alexandria near the Moon Inn, Fairfax County Police said.
Robinson has lived in several places, including New York and Maryland, in recent years. Police say they have been trying to research Robinson’s life for many years to see if there might be more victims.
The Harrisonburg Police Department released the photo of Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, DC, who was arrested in connection with the deaths of two women in Virginia. (Harrisonburg Police Department)
One of the victims is believed to be a missing woman from Washington, D.C. Police said cellphone data placed Cheyenne Brown, 29, and Robinson in the same location on September 30, the night of her disappearance.
Authorities are awaiting DNA confirmation, but believe the remains are Brown’s based on a separate tattoo positively identified by his family.
The remains of a second person found in a large plastic container with Brown have not yet been identified, police said. A shopping cart was also found next to the container.
Police say this shopping cart was found near human remains in Fairfax County on Dec. 15, 2021. (Fairfax County Police Department)
Robinson has a “remarkable absence” of any criminal history, Davis said. He is being held without bail at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail and is due in court Dec. 27. His attorney, Louis Nagy, declined to comment on the charges and the latest allegations when contacted by ABC News.
“We must act now with our law enforcement partners to determine who else our killer has had contact with and what his modus operandi is – dating sites, motels, blunt trauma, shopping cart, final resting place “Davis said. “He’s already killed four. And we suspect he has more victims.”
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