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Charges against ‘cart killer’ at Fairfax Co. and DC will likely await trial in Harrisonburg

Fairfax County and District of Columbia prosecutors are likely to wait for ‘cart killer’ suspect Anthony Eugene Robinson to stand trial in Harrisonburg for the deaths of two women there, before charging him with three local murders.

Prosecutors in Fairfax County, Va., and the District of Columbia will likely wait for ‘basket killer’ suspect Anthony Eugene Robinson to stand trial in Harrisonburg for the deaths of two women there, before charging him with three local murders.

More than six months ago, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis held a press conference calling Robinson a suspected serial killer after two human remains were discovered in Fairfax County.



Police dubbed Robinson the “shopping cart killer” after detectives discovered two sets of human remains in a large plastic container near a shopping cart. The container was found near a motel called Moon Inn in a wooded area near Highway 1 in the Huntington area of ​​Alexandria.

The remains have been identified as Cheyenne Brown, 29, of DC, and Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, California.

Robinson has not been charged in connection with either of the Fairfax County deaths. He is also suspected, but not charged, in the death of Sonya Champ, 40, whose body was found in a shopping cart in northeast DC on September 7, 2021.

Robinson is charged with two counts of first degree murder and disposal of the bodies of Allene Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. The two victims were found in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg in late November.

He has been held in Harrisonburg since his November 23 arrest.

Sources familiar with the matter told OMCP that, based on the information and evidence available, prosecutors believe the cases against Robinson in Harrisonburg are the strongest and that he will be tried there first.

The sources add that the Harrisonburg convictions would give Fairfax County and DC prosecutors more options in reviewing their charging decisions.

Spokespersons for the Fairfax County and District attorneys did not comment; nor Robinson’s attorney, Louis Nagy.

Robinson’s next appearance in Harrisonburg/Rockingham General District Court is scheduled for September 12.

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