DC Area Police Investigate ‘Shopping Cart Killer’ Charged In Two Deaths, Suspected In Two Others


By Emma Tucker

Authorities in the DC metro area said on Friday that a 35-year-old man who was charged last month with the murder of two women could be a serial killer and the prime suspect in the deaths of two other women, as he ‘a vast investigation is underway. in progress to determine if there are more casualties.

Investigators believe Anthony Robinson, whom they have dubbed the “Cart Killer”, meets his victims on dating sites and allegedly lured them to motels where he then kills them and hauls their bodies in shopping carts, said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis at a press conference Friday.

“We are in the process of doing a retrospective survey with many other partners to find out where he has been,” said Davis. “And we will be working with our law enforcement partners, homicide detectives, missing persons detectives, to see if we can identify other victims, families and communities to whom he has harmed.”

Robinson, 35, has been charged with the deaths of two women found a short distance from each other on November 23 in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg, Va., According to Harrisonburg police.

Police identified the victims as Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. Police say Robinson was arrested following CCTV and cellphone tapes 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 tampering with a dead body, authorities said.

CNN was unable to reach a lawyer for Robinson.

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

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

Harrisonburg Police determined through cellphone recordings that contact between Robinson and Brown took place “in and around the area” of a motel called Moon Inn on the Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia, Warner said.

On December 7, detectives in Fairfax County received a call for help from DC Police to help them locate Brown. Detectives were told Brown, 29, took the DC subway to Huntington subway station in Virginia on September 30 and never returned, said Major Ed O’Carroll of Major Crimes and Cyber and Forensics Office of Fairfax.

Fairfax detectives and the Metro Transit Police Department executed a search warrant for cellular data which they said confirmed Brown and Robinson were in the same location on September 30, the night of her disappearance, said O’Carroll.

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

Authorities “tentatively believe” the remains recovered from 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 have 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 Sciences, other DNA testing, to positively and scientifically confirm his identity,” O’Carroll said.

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