Police have identified a Washington, DC woman whose death they believe may be linked to the “shopping cart killer” suspect charged with the murder of two women whose bodies were found in Harrisonburg.
Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, of Washington, is the person involved in the death of Sonya Champ, 40, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Robinson is charged with the deaths of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville.
According to a press release from the Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday, police were dispatched to the 200 block of F Street on September 7 in northeast DC to report an unconscious person. When the police arrived, they found Champ unconscious and unresponsive inside a shopping cart.
Champ was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, where her death was later ruled a homicide.
In May, the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the deaths of Redmon and Smith a homicide. Their bodies were found in a vacant lot near the intersection of Linda Lane and Country Club Road in Harrisonburg in November. Robinson faces first-degree murder charges in those deaths. He is currently being held in Rockingham County Jail.
Robinson also faces two counts of concealing corpses.
Law enforcement officials said at a December news conference in Fairfax that they believe Robinson met his victims on dating sites and then at motels in Harrisonburg and Fairfax County.
He killed his victims with blunt force trauma, police say, and left their bodies in a shopping cart.
Officers also believe Robinson is linked to two other murders in Northern Virginia.
A court date for Robinson is scheduled for September 19 at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham General District Court.