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Washington DC area police investigate ‘shopping cart killer’, charged with two deaths and suspected of two more

Investigators believe Anthony Robinson, whom they dubbed the “Caddy Killer”, met his victims on dating sites and lured them to motels where he then killed them and transported their bodies in shopping carts, said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis at a news conference Friday.

“We are in the process of conducting, with many other partners, a retrospective investigation to determine where he has been,” Davis said. “And we’re going to work with our law enforcement partners, homicide detectives, missing persons detectives, to see if we can identify other victims, families and communities that he harmed.”

Robinson, 35, has been charged with the deaths of two women who were found a short distance apart Nov. 23 in an open field in Harrisonburg, Va., according to Harrisonburg police.

Police have identified the victims as Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. Police say Robinson was arrested following video surveillance and cellphone recordings linking him to Redmon and Smith.

Robinson is being held in a Harrisonburg jail on two counts of first-degree murder in addition to two counts of concealing, transporting or altering a corpse, authorities said.

CNN was unable to reach an attorney for Robinson.

Harrisonburg Police and the Charlottesville Police Department were conducting two separate missing persons investigations, which limited both departments’ attention to the vacant lot, Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said. Police believe Redmon and Smith died at different times, Warner added.

On Nov. 30, the Metropolitan Police Department contacted Harrisonburg police after determining that Robinson may be the last person to have contact with Cheyenne Brown, a missing person from Washington, DC, Warner said. Authorities had determined that Robinson was communicating with Brown through a dating site just prior to her disappearance.

Harrisonburg police determined through cellphone records that contact between Robinson and Brown occurred “in and around the area” of a motel called Moon Inn on Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Va., Warner said.

On December 7, Fairfax County detectives received a call for assistance from DC police to help locate Brown. Detectives were told that Brown, 29, took the subway from DC to the Huntington subway station in Virginia on Sept. 30 and never returned, said Maj. Ed O’Carroll of the Major Crimes Bureau and Fairfax Cybercrime and Forensics.

Fairfax detectives and the Metro Transit Police Department executed a search warrant for cell data they say confirmed Brown and Robinson were in the same location on Sept. 30, the night he disappeared, said O’Carroll.

On Dec. 15, homicide detectives located a shopping cart in the wooded area surrounding the Moon Inn, O’Carroll said. In a container near the shopping cart, detectives found the human remains of two people, he added.

Authorities “tentatively believe” the remains found in the container are those of Brown, based on a “very distinct tattoo” she had on her body, which has been identified by her family, O’Carroll said. . The identity of the other person whose remains were also found inside the container is still unknown, but authorities said Robinson was a suspect in the death.

Authorities have chosen not to wait for a positive DNA test or dental check to share information about Brown as a potential victim because they believe there may be other victims in the area, Davis said.

“We are working with the Department of Forensic Science, other DNA testing, to positively and scientifically confirm his identity,” O’Carroll said.