Shopping Cart Killer: The body of the fifth victim may be linked to alleged serial killer

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

Police received a “critical tip” this week that could link Robinson to another case in which a woman’s body was found in a shopping cart in Washington, DC, Fairfax County Police Bureau Chief of Major Crimes Cyber ​​and Forensics Ed O’Carroll said at a news conference Friday.

“The deceased woman in a shopping cart was only covered by a blanket. We think this may be Anthony Eugene Robinson’s fifth victim,” O’Carroll said. He added that digital evidence places Robinson in the same vicinity around 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 apart on Nov. 23 on an open lot in Harrisonburg, Virginia, according to Harrisonburg police.

Police said video surveillance and cell phone records 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 for two counts of first-degree murder in addition to two crimes of hiding, transporting or altering a dead body, authorities said.

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

Other alleged victims identified

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, California, were found in a container near a shopping cart near the Moon Inn Motel in Alexandria, Virginia, on Dec. 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.
Anthony Robinson has been charged with the deaths of two women.

Police had determined that Robinson was communicating with Brown through a dating site just before her disappearance, and cell phone records showed 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 said Kelley Warner in December.

“We have found out that Robinson has 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 have requested support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit to learn more about Robinson. They also work with the authorities in Robinson’s home state of New York as well as the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia.

“In addition, we are working on a victimological profile and 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 think 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.


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