Shopping Cart Killer Captured?

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Into The Mind

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia believes they have apprehended the Shopping Cart Killer. If you are unfamiliar with the story, this alleged serial killer met his victims in hotel rooms after connecting with them on dating websites. He then killed the women and used shopping carts to transport their bodies to empty lots where he would dump them.

Authorities said Friday that a suspect previously charged with the murder of two women whose bodies were found on the Harrisonburg property in November was linked to the deaths of two other people whose remains were found in a wooded area in November. Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, were found dead on November 23 in a vacant lot in the Harrisonburg business district. the police said.


Authorities say the two women were linked to suspect Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, D.C., through dating sites and met him repeatedly at a hotel. Their bodies were found with blunt trauma and investigators believe they were taken to the crime scene in a shopping cart. Robinson was initially arrested as a suspect in the deaths of Allene Elizabeth Redmon and Tonita Lorice Smith. However, after his arrest, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department reached out to police in Harrisonburg, Virginia telling them that the man was the last known contact of another missing woman, Cheyenne Brown, whose body has now been tentatively identified as one of two found together in the same cart. 

At this time, Robinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of concealing, transporting, or altering a dead body. He has not officially been charged in the two other murders yet. Further charges are pending related to the deaths of two more people found Wednesday in Alexandria near the Moon Inn, Fairfax County. 

Robinson was arrested on the basis of video surveillance and cell phone tapes linking him to two of the victims.

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