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Shopping Cart Killer: Fifth Victim’s Body May Be Linked To Suspected Serial Killer

Investigators believe Robinson met his victims on dating sites and lured them to motels where he killed them and transported their bodies in shopping carts.

Police received a ‘critical tip’ this week that may link Robinson to another case in which a woman’s body was found in a shopping cart in Washington, D.C., Fairfax County Police Bureau chief, cybercrime and major forensics. Ed O’Carroll said Friday at a press conference.

“This woman who died in a shopping cart was covered only by a blanket. We believe this may be Anthony Eugene Robinson’s fifth victim,” O’Carroll said. He added that digital evidence puts Robinson in the same vicinity at the time of the victim’s disappearance.

Robinson was charged in November with the deaths of Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. Investigators found their bodies a short distance from each other on Nov. 23 in an open area in Harrisonburg, Va., according to Harrisonburg police.

Police said video surveillance and cellphone recordings linking Robinson to Redmon and Smith led to his arrest. He is currently being held at the Rockingham County Adult Detention Center in North Carolina on two counts of first-degree murder in addition to two counts of concealing, transporting or altering a corpse, the authorities said. authorities.

CNN has reached out to the Rockingham County Adult Detention Center and Fairfax County Police Public Affairs Bureau Director Anthony Guglielmi for comment.

Other alleged victims identified

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said DNA evidence has confirmed the identities of two other women believed to be Robinson’s victims.

Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, DC, and Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., were found in a shipping container near a shopping cart near the Moon Inn Motel in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15.

Authorities believe Brown had taken the subway from Washington, D.C. to the Huntington subway stop in Virginia on September 30 and never returned and that Robinson may have been the last person to have had contact with her , O’Carroll said in December.

Police had determined that Robinson was communicating with Brown through a dating site just prior to his disappearance and cell phone records indicated that Robinson and Brown were in contact “in and around the area” of the Moon Inn motel on Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia, Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said in December.

“We found that Robinson stayed at the Moon Inn motel on at least five other occasions, and we need to know more,” Davis said.

The police chief said officials had requested support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit to learn more about Robinson. They are also partnering with authorities in Robinson’s New York State, as well as the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia.

“Additionally, we are working on a victimology profile and hope to connect with other women who may have interacted with Robinson,” Davis said.

Police are urging anyone with information about Robinson to contact authorities immediately.

“We believe there are others who have had contact with Robinson who can provide us with crucial information about him,” Davis added.

CNN’s Emma Tucker contributed to this report.