Arrest Made in the Hunt for the Virginia “Shopping Cart Killer”
Virginia police have been searching for the “shopping cart killer” that has claimed the lives of at least four people. This week, a Washington, D.C. man was arrested for the murders and authorities believe he may have more victims.
Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, has been charged with two recent murders in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The two women, Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon of Harrisonburg and 39-year-old Tonita Lorice Smith of Charlottesville, were found near each other in an underdeveloped lot. Investigators were able to confirm the woman had died at different times. Harrisonburg Police said cell phone records and video surveillance linked Robinson to the women’s murders.
Police believe they can connect Robinson to at least four murders at this time, with the possibility of more. Police are looking at cases dating back two or three months, but they said they just don’t know how far back the cases may go.
“He transports their bodies to their final resting place literally in a shopping cart,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis.
The suspected serial murderer has been named the “shopping cart killer” because that is what he uses to transport and dump the victim’s bodies. Police believe he would find his victims on dating websites, meet them at motel rooms and inflict trauma on the victims before killing them. He met at least two victims at the Moon Inn, located at 6100 Richmond Highway in Fairfax County.
Police state there are at least four victims that are linked to Robinson, and they fear there may be more.
“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 added. “Our shopping cart killer does unspeakable things with his victims.”
“We believe he’s responsible for these four deaths. But what else is he responsible for?” Davis asked.
Police are now looking for leads in this case and possibly more victims. They are asking anyone with additional information to call Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.