Inside Fairfax killer's slayings as 4 women found in shopping carts

POLICE are continuing to investigate the alleged crimes of the so-called "Shopping Cart Killer" after four bodies were found.

Cops believe Anthony Robinson, of Washington DC, – who allegedly met his victims online – is the man responsible for a series of gruesome killings in Virginia dating back months.


The 35-year-old was charged with two homicides in the Harrisonburg district aftertwo missing women were found dead on November 23.

And on Wednesday it was announced that two more badly decomposed bodies had been discovered in a white container in a wooded area in the Alexandria section of the county – as one victim was named.

During a press conference on Friday, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis described the suspect as a "serial killer" amid fears there may be "more victims."

"He's a predator as all serial killers are and it's our collective effort in law enforcement to do everything we can with each other and with the community to identify other places where he has been so we can bring closure and ultimately justice," Davis said.

"The good thing is he’s in custody. The challenge that remains is identifying other victims."

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DATING WEBSITES

Currently, detectives believe Robinson systematically lured his victims on dating websites before meeting them at local motels.

Cops say he travelled to meet at least two victims at the Moon Inn, located on 6100 Richmond Highway in Fairfax County.

Robinson was staying at the property during the period, the manager said.

During this time, he allegedly did "unspeakable things with the victims" before applying the final blow.

Fears have since mounted that he may have repeated the grisly routine several times as authorities have raised suggestions that his dating history may provide clues into any additional victims.

TROLLY DASH

After carrying out his alleged murders, police believe that the suspect would then transport his victims remains to their final resting place in a shopping cart.

In one such instance a cart was found in a lot across the street from a hotel as a video allegedly showed Robinson using the object to move the bodies.

The cart was later located next to a large black trash can. 

Previously, the bodies of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville were found in the undeveloped lot near Linda Lane in Annandale, Virginia.


The women's bodies were found near each other but their deaths occurred at different times.

Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said cell phone records and video surveillance linked Robinson to the women's murders.

Robinson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two felony counts of concealing, transporting or altering a dead body in those two homicides.

He is currently in jail on those charges.

Meanwhile, police believe one of the victims found this week may be that of missing DC woman Cheyenne Brown, 29.

Investigators matched Brown's tattoo to that on the body of one of the victims; however, they are still working to definitively confirm the victim's identity.

Brown, who was four months pregnant, disappeared after boarding a bus in DC's Benning neighborhood on September 30.

"The reason why we're not waiting to share this information is because we believe that there may be other victims in the area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we need to act now," Davis said.

Officials said there is a "mountain of evidence" that puts Robinson in Fairfax County at the time of the killings.

MAY HAVE 'MORE VICTIMS'

The chief now says that the suspect has a “remarkable absence of a criminal history,” compared with the horror of the crimes of which he’s accused.

Police believe there may be additional victims, as they're not sure how far Robinson's acts date back.

“He didn’t suddenly turn into who he is three months ago,” Davis said.

"That’s why we are painstakingly going through his whereabouts, his relationships [and] employment history to figure out if in fact there are other victims.”

Police have yet to identify the fourth victim found on Wednesday.

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