Shopping cart killer: Body of fifth victim may be linked to alleged serial killer

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

Police received “critical information” this week that could connect Robinson to another case in which a woman’s body was found in a shopping cart in Washington, DC, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Crimes Cyber ​​and Forensic Seniors. Ed O’Carroll he said at a press conference on Friday.

“That deceased woman in a shopping cart was covered only with a blanket. We believe this may be the fifth victim of Anthony Eugene Robinson,” O’Carroll said. It added that the digital evidence places Robinson in the same neighborhood 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 within walking distance of each other on November 23 in an open lot in Harrisonburg, Virginia, according to Harrisonburg police.

Police said video surveillance and cell phone searches connecting 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 serious charges of concealing, transporting or tampering with a dead body, authorities said.

CNN has reached out to the Rockingham County Adult Detention Center and Anthony Guglielmi, director of the Fairfax County Police Office of Public Affairs for comment.

Other alleged victims identified

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

Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, DC, and Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, California, were found in a 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, DC, to the Huntington Metro stop in Virginia on Sept. 30 and never returned and Robinson may have been the last person to have contact with her, O’Carroll said in December.

Police had determined that Robinson was contacting Brown through a dating website 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 in the Richmond Freeway in Alexandria, Virginia, Harrisonburg Police Chief. Kelley Warner said in December.

“We have found out that Robinson has stayed at the Moon Inn at least five other times, and we need to know more,” Davis said.

The police chief said officials have requested the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavior Analysis Unit to obtain more information about Robinson. They are also partnering with law enforcement in Robinson’s home state of New York, as well as the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia.

“Additionally, we are working on a victimology profile and we hope to get in touch 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 that there are other people 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.


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