Police in Virginia say they have apprehended a suspect in a serial murder case where victims were found on online dating websites and their bodies were dumped in shopping carts.
Officials said they arrested 35-year-old Anthony Robinson and charged him with two of the murders, but they believe he might be involved in two others, and possibly more.
“He was almost unassuming in many ways, and that's what makes this case scary,” said Maj. Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Chief of Major Crimes/Cyber and Forensics with Fairfax County Police.
“He is on video relocating human remains in a shopping cart to his final resting place, and he didn't do it once," O'Carroll added. "He did it twice.”
Officials say people have contacted them to say that they had met the suspect after being contacted online.
“I know two individuals in particular, once they met upon him, realized that something maybe wasn't right and got away,” O’Carroll continued. “They sensed that something wasn't right. They acted swiftly, and their actions may have saved their life.”
He went on to say that Robinson used many dating websites, including "Plenty of Fish."
“This serial killer walked and lived among us and did bad things to very good people,” O’Carroll added. “These are innocent people - victims that were harmed."
He also said that police are sifting through digital evidence to get a better sense of how the killer allegedly operated.
Police identified two of the victims as 39-year-old Tonita Lorice Smith and 54-year-old Allene Beth Redmon, both of whose remains were found Thanksgiving week in shopping carts in vacant lot. A third victim was identified as 29-year-old Cheyenne Brown, whose remains were found in a shopping cart in Fairfax County. She was pregnant at the time she was killed.
O'Carroll also said that people should take the case as a warning to be more careful when meeting strangers from online.
“Do it in a public place,” he advised. “In life, some risks are worth taking. Risking your life to meet a stranger in a remote spot, we recommend, is not one of them.”
Here's a local news report about the arrest:
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