Police said four women’s bodies were discovered in Virginia and are suspected of being victims of a’shopping cart killer.’
At least four women are believed to have been murdered by Anthony Robinson in two distinct regions of Virginia.
According to officials, four remains discovered in two distinct locations in Virginia are all thought to be the victims of a serial murderer known as the “Shopping Cart Killer” by police.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis indicated during a news conference on Friday that the suspect, Anthony Robinson, who was arrested and charged with two killings last month, may be involved in the deaths of at least two additional women.
Robinson, 35, allegedly contacted his victims on dating websites and enticed them to area hotels, according to authorities. He’d then kill them and transfer their remains to vacant lots in shopping carts to dispose of them.
Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, and Tonita Lorice “Nita” Smith, 39, were discovered dead in Harrisonburg last month. Authorities now think Robinson is also responsible for the deaths of a woman known as Cheyenne Brown, 29, and another victim from Fairfax who has yet to be named.
“We’re working on a retrospective investigation with a lot of different partners to figure out where he’s been,” Davis added. “And we’re going to engage with our law enforcement colleagues, including homicide investigators and missing person detectives, to see if we can find any more victims, families, or communities that he has harmed.”
Following Robinson’s arrest, the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington contacted local authorities and informed them that the guy was Brown’s last known contact. Brown had previously gone missing.
Though police were initially unsuccessful in locating the woman in the area where she was last seen, a tip led them back to the same location, where they eventually noticed a shopping cart in the distance, which they remembered being used by Robinson to transport his other victims after their deaths, according to police.
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Investigators discovered two bodies in the shopping cart, one of which they suspect is that of Brown, who has not been properly identified, and the other of which they have yet to identify.
“We have a tattoo that has been positively identified as Cheyenne’s tattoo by her family, and the reason we’re not waiting… until we get positive and 100 percent positive DNA or dental verification that it is Cheyenne is because we believe there may be other victims in the area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Davis said. “And we have to act right now.”
Robinson has not offered a comment since his arrest in November, according to Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner, who addressed at the news conference.
Robinson was charged with two charges of first-degree murder as well as two felony counts of hiding, transferring, or changing a deceased corpse at the time. The suspect has not been charged formally in connection with the newly found killings, but authorities have stated that charges would be filed soon.
Robinson is being detained without bond, according to a representative for the Rockingham County Jail. Robinson’s lawyer, Louis Nagy, did not immediately reply to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
According to the Associated Press, a scheduling hearing for the first two deaths in Harrisonburg is set on Dec. 27.
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