Anthony Robinson, a northern Virginia man, is accused of being the serial murderer who police have dubbed “the Shopping Cart Killer.” 

In a joint press conference on Friday, county and local law enforcement agencies said they believe Robinson, 35, is responsible for at least four murders in Virginia since August. 

“We have a serial killer,” announced Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “The good thing is he’s in custody.” 

Robinson was arrested in November after Harrisonburg police charged him with the murders of two women, authorities said. Since then, investigators said they linked him to two additional slayings in the region, and they suspect there may be more. 

“The challenge that remains is identifying other victims,” Davis told reporters. 

Officials said they were able to connect the four crimes due to the killer’s unique M.O., which is also the basis for his nickname. 

“After he inflicts trauma to his victims and kills them,” Davis alleged, “he transports their bodies to their final resting place, literally, in a shopping cart. And there’s video to that effect.”

Police: Anthony Robinson Is a Serial Killer

The investigative trail that led police to the alleged Shopping Cart Killer began last month, said Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner. On Nov. 23, her department discovered the bodies of two female victims near a shopping center — 54-year-old Elizabeth Redmond and 39-year-old Anita Laurie Smith. 

Cellphone data showed that Robinson had been in proximity with both victims shortly before their deaths, Warner said, and surveillance footage from nearby buildings allegedly captured him hauling the bodies to the drop spot in a shopping cart. 

The 35-year-old was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, and was booked at a Fairfax County Jail, reports indicate. He’s due back in court for pre-trial hearings on those charges at the end of the month. 

Soon after, Warner said, Harrisonburg cops were contacted by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis believes Anthony Robinson, 35, is the Shopping Cart Killer and is responsible for at least four murders in Virginia since August.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis believes Anthony Robinson, 35, is the Shopping Cart Killer and is responsible for at least four murders in Virginia since August. Photo credit: Facebook

Robinson, D.C. authorities said, was the last known person to make contact with 29-year-old Cheyenne Brown, who went missing in September. Metro police were investigating her disappearance with little progress — even the cadaver dogs dispatched to her last known location found nothing of note, police said

Later D.C. investigators were searching near the Moon Inn motel in Alexandria, following up on a tip. There, said Metropolitan police Major Ed O’Carroll, something “had caught their eye.” 

“In a wooded area just off Route 1,” O’Carroll said, officers found “an item that required a little bit more of investigative research — remembering that the victims and the Harrisonburg murders were transported by using a shopping cart.” 

Just a few feet away, authorities discovered a “container filled with human remains,” some of which has been “tentatively” identified as belonging to Cheyenne Brown, O’Carroll said. The badly decomposed remains of a fourth victim were also in the container, but police have yet to identify them, Davis said Friday. 

Police found a 'container' of human remains near this block in Alexandria, Virginia. Investigators think Anthony Robinson, the so-called Shopping Cart Killer, is responsible.
Police found a ‘container’ of human remains near this block in Alexandria, Virginia. Investigators think Anthony Robinson, the so-called Shopping Cart Killer, is responsible. Photo credit: Google Maps

Shopping Cart Killer has More Victims, Police Believe

Anthony Robinson has not been charged in connection with any murder outside of Harrisonburg, but police believe his M.O. links him to the Alexandria crime scene as well. 

Investigators said Robinson found most of his alleged victims through dating websites and would arrange to meet them in motel rooms. There, authorities believe, he killed them with blunt force trauma before hauling off their bodies in a shopping cart and dumping them in a semi-public space. 

Anthony Robinson may be the Shopping Cart Killer, according to police.
Anthony Robinson may be the Shopping Cart Killer, according to police. The 35-year-old is facing two murder counts in Harrisonburg, though police think he may be responsible for four or more killings in the state. Photo credit: Harrisonburg Police

Police believe there are more victims of the “Shopping Cart Killer,” and hope that recognizing this pattern will help identify them. 

“He’s killed four already and we suspect that he has more victims. He’s a predator,” Davis said on Friday. “We need to act right now with our law enforcement partners to figure out who else our killer has had contact with[.]”

“We know he’s obviously traveled all the way down to Harrisonburg,” the Chief continued. “But where else has he been? Where else has he laid his head? Where else has he worked? Who does he know in all of the jurisdictions in between?”