NORFOLK, Va. – News 3 is following new developments in the investigation into what police have dubbed the “Shopping Cart Killer” case.
According to police, the suspect met victims on dating sites and possibly in motels, and after killing them, he allegedly left their bodies in shopping carts.
News 3 first told you about this possible serial killer investigation last Friday.
So far, four victims are linked to this case, aged between 29 and 54.
Fairfax County and Harrisonburg Police are working with the Charlottesville and Washington DC Metropolitan Police on the investigation to trace the suspect’s steps.
Officials said they believe they have the suspect in custody and identified him as 35-year-old Anthony Robinson. Police told News 3 that Robinson had been charged with two counts of murder.
“He was almost unassuming in many ways, and that’s what makes this case scary,” Fairfax County Police Major Crimes/Cyber and Forensics Bureau Chief Maj. Ed O’Carroll told News 3. remains in a shopping cart until its final resting place, and it hasn’t once. He did it twice. »
Fairfax County Police told News 3 they have been in contact with all Commonwealth law enforcement agencies about the case.
Since last week’s announcement, O’Carroll said others have come forward, claiming to have met Robinson online.
“I know two people in particular, once they met him they realized maybe something was wrong and ran away,” O’Carroll said. “They sensed something was wrong. They acted quickly and their actions may have saved their lives.
O’Carroll mentioned that Robinson allegedly used several online dating sites.
“We know one is called Plenty of Fish,” O’Carroll said. “There are others he used.”
This case, O’Carroll mentioned to News 3, is a reminder to be safe with online dating.
“Do it in a public place,” he said. “In life, some risks are worth taking. Risking your life to meet a stranger in a remote place, we recommend, is not one of them.
News 3 asked O’Carroll if there were any connections authorities were looking into regarding Hampton Roads.
“We haven’t ruled out to Virginia Beach and other areas of Virginia, or even outside,” O’Carroll said. “We are still reviewing a lot of the digital evidence we have. The search warrants that will come back will paint a clear picture of its reach.
“What we might suspect – and again this is early in the investigation – is that when he was in contact with these women they lived out of the area and traveled here. [Fairfax County] to visit him,” O’Carroll added. “Even though he may not have been in the Virginia Beach area, it may be that someone in your area has been in contact with him and may have decided not to travel to his area where he lived in the community.”
That’s why, O’Carroll stressed, it’s important to speak out as the investigation continues.
“This serial killer walked and lived among us and did bad things to really good people,” O’Carroll said. “These are innocent people – victims who have been harmed. [It’s] such a sad story, and we are working for justice.
O’Carroll also told News 3 that authorities contacted Virginia law enforcement to check their missing persons records and the suspect was calling for potential leads on other victims.
If you believe you or someone you know has had contact with Robinson, especially on a dating site, you are urged to call the Fairfax County Police Department, Harrisonburg Police Department, or your local department. local police.
You can contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at (703) 246-7800.
You can also submit tips anonymously through their Crime Solvers program at 1-866-411-TIPS.
You can reach the Harrisonburg Police Department at (540) 434-4436 or through their Crime Solvers Anonymous Tip Line at (540) 574-5050.
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