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Does the Washington area ‘Shopping Cart Killer’ have any other victims? The police are afraid of it – KIRO 7 News Seattle

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – As Virginia police struggle to determine if the man nicknamed the “cart killer” murdered more than his four alleged victims, the daughter of one of the women killed is praying that this not be the case.

Amanda May’s mother, Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, was found dead last month in a field in Fairfax County. May told ABC 13 in Lynchburg over the weekend that the horror of Redmon’s homicide is compounded by the fact that the 54-year-old grandmother is not the suspected serial killer’s only victim.

“The more I learn about it and the more we find out, the worse it gets,” May told the news station. “It’s like this guy was here and he thought it was fun, and it was a game, and he was just here taking people’s lives because he wanted to. .”

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Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, of Washington, is charged with killing Redmon; Tonita Lorice “Nita” Smith, 39, of Charlottesville; Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington; and a fourth woman who has not yet been identified.

All four women died of blunt force trauma.

Watch the authorities talk about the case below.

Brown, who has a young son, was about four months pregnant when she disappeared, according to NBC Washington. Her family tentatively identified her body through a distinct tattoo she had — her name and a lily on her right arm, The Washington Post reported.

DNA will be used to confirm identification.

The OMCP in Washington reported Sunday that Fairfax County detectives believe a missing California woman may be the fourth woman killed. Investigators travel to Redding to collect DNA samples from Stephanie Harrison’s family members.

Harrison, 48, last spoke to her family on August 19 from the United States Capitol, which she visited on a sightseeing tour. Bank statements obtained by her sister showed she had checked into the Moon Inn in Alexandria, where Robinson was staying during the time of the murders.

Police allege Robinson met the four women on dating sites. His nickname comes from allegations that he used a shopping cart to transport the bodies of victims after killing them.

“We have video to that effect,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said Friday at a news conference.

A red Target shopping cart was found near the container in which the remains of Brown and the unidentified woman were found, authorities said.

May said she hoped her mother and the three other known victims would be the only women Robinson killed.

“I hope there are no more bodies to be found,” she said.

Police fear there are other victims. Authorities said Friday that Robinson, who was arrested in Rockingham County, has lived in multiple locations over the past few years, including New York and Maryland.

“The good thing is that he is in custody. The remaining challenge is to identify other victims,” Davis said.

“That’s what worries us,” said the chief. “He didn’t suddenly become what he is three months ago.”

Authorities are going through Robinson’s background in an effort to identify other victims. Robinson had no criminal record, according to police.

“He does unspeakable things”

Redmon, who was last seen alive on or about October 24, was reported missing to Harrisonburg police in early November. May, who lived with her mother in Harrisburg, said it had been weeks since she had heard from her mother.

No calls, no texts. No sign of Redmon on social media.

Then came the phone call of November 23.

“It was the detective who told me they found his body behind Howard Johnson,” May said.

Redmon’s body, along with Smith’s, was found in an open field behind a nearby motel, Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said Friday. The women, who were found a short distance apart, died at different times.

Surveillance footage and cellphone recordings connected Robinson to the two victims, Warner said.

Smith, a mother of six young children, was reported missing on November 19, just days before the bodies were discovered. She had last been seen alive days earlier in Charlottesville, according to local police.

Brown was reported missing to DC police on October 12. According to the authoritiesshe was last seen alive on September 30 in the 200 block of SE 36th Street.

The suspected killer was the last known person to see her alive, Fairfax County police officials said. Surveillance footage shows Brown and Robinson together at a metro station in the capital.

Brown took the subway to the Huntington station in Fairfax County, not far from the Moon Inn.

Cell phone data puts Brown near the hotel. Robinson was staying at the Moon Inn during the time of the murders.

Fairfax County investigators, who were assisting DC missing persons detectives in the search for Brown, searched for her at the Moon Inn earlier this month without success. After receiving additional information on Wednesday, they returned to the hotel and broadened their search.

Officers spotted a shopping cart in a line of nearby woods and began searching the woods. Near the cart was the container containing the bodies of Brown and another woman.

Brown’s mother, Nicandra Brown, described the tragedy as “excruciating” in an interview with the Post.

“My heart is broken,” she said. “The mere thought of my baby not being here is devastating. It’s like a bad dream that I just want to wake up from.

The family believe Cheyenne Brown had contact with Robinson in the weeks before she disappeared. A cousin who confronted a man staying at the family home with Brown in September recognized a photo of Robinson after his arrest.

“I said, ‘He was just in our house,'” Jonathan Willis told the newspaper. “I remembered his face.”

Nicadra Brown immediately notified the police.

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It was while authorities were searching for Brown that they spotted missing persons posters with Harrison’s face on them.

“When we found the body, we also found these random flyers on Highway 1,” Fairfax County Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told OMCP.

According to the flyers, Harrison suffers from schizophrenia and stopped taking his medication before disappearing.

“She is very vulnerable and gullible in her mental state,” the flyers said.

Davis said he used the term “serial killer” sparingly during his career, during which he worked at several law enforcement agencies.

“I can count on one hand, with a few fingers remaining, the number of times law enforcement has had to deal with the impact of a serial killer,” he said.

He called Robinson a predator.

“He preys on the weak. It preys on the most vulnerable. And he does unspeakable things with his victims,” the leader said.