‘Shopping cart killer’ in custody after at least 3 women killed in Virginia, police say

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WDVM) — Police said Friday afternoon there is mounting evidence that the accused “shopping cart killer” Anthony Robinson is in custody.

Charges are pending for 35-year-old Robinson, of Washington, D.C., for the killing of four people, including a pregnant woman.

He was arrested with video evidence and cellphone 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 said.

Police said they have video evidence of Robinson transporting his victims to their final resting place in a shopping cart.

A Target shopping cart was found in an isolated wooded area near where human remains were found on Wednesday in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

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.

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.

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 Washington, D.C., at the same metro stop. She vanished 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.

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

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.

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

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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