UPDATE: Alleged “shopping cart killer” in custody in Northern Virginia

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UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) — Police say there is mounting evidence that the alleged “shopping cart killer”, is Anthony Robinson, who is in custody at this time.

Charges are pending for 35-year-old Robinson, of DC for the killing of four individuals, including a pregnant woman. He was arrested with video evidence and cell phone records obtained by police.

Robinson met his victims on dating sites and took them to motel(s), according to police. That is when he used blunt force trauma to kill them. Police have video evidence of Robinson transporting his victims to their final resting place in a shopping cart.

The shopping cart pictured above was located in an isolated wooded area near where human remains were found on Wednesday in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Courtesy: Fairfax County Police Department.

Two victims have been positively identified as Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg and Tonita Lorice Smith, 34, of Charlottesville. They were found in a commercial lot in Harrisonburg. Charlottesville and Harrisonburg Police Departments worked individually but made a connection.

A third victim was tentatively identified as Cheyenne Brown, 29. Family tentatively identified Brown by a tattoo. Brown may have been potentially four months pregnant, and police are discussing potential charges with the state of Virginia regarding the second victim. Video evidence shows Brown and Robinson together in DC at the same metro stop. She went missing in November.

The fourth victim’s identity is unknown at this time. Police have leads for the identity of the fourth body found, with an autopsy on the way Friday.

“He’s behind bars right now, but that still doesn’t take away from the urgency that exists to identify any other victims that might be out here, beyond the commonwealth of Virginia and up the east coast,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said.

Robinson has lived in New York, Prince George’s county and DC. He’s had a remarkable absence of a criminal history, according to FCPD chief.

Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and Fairfax County Police Departments worked together leading up to the arrest. Police believe this is a multijurisdictional case that will take them out of Virginia.


FAIRFAX, Va. (WDVM) — Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis will be speaking with Major Ed O’Carroll and Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner on details of an alleged serial killer in Virginia.

To watch the press conference live click this link here.

Since August, the bodies of four victims have been found in the state, according to FCPD.

On Wednesday, human remains were located in an isolated wooded area in Fairfax County. The remains were found inside of a container near a shopping cart in the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue, according to police.

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