Head of alleged ‘shopping cart killer’ investigation optimistic, seeks more evidence and witnesses
The head of the Fairfax County investigation into the ‘Caddy Killer’ case expects the first charge to be filed soon against Anthony Eugene Robinson in connection with the deaths of two women.
Police in Fairfax County, Va., are ready for patience as they try to build cases against the suspect they dubbed the “Caddy Killer”.
“Anthony Eugene Robinson is in custody. He’s not in the community, on the streets,” said Maj. Ed O’Carroll, chief of the County of Major Crimes and Cybercrime and Forensics Bureau. Fairfax He told WTOP: “It gives us time to work through the case as thoroughly as possible.”
Robinson is currently charged with two counts of first degree murder and disposal of the bodies of two female victims: Allene Elizabeth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. The two victims were found in a vacant lot in Harrisonburg in late November.
On Thursday, the OMCP reported that police and Fairfax County prosecutors have yet to uncover evidence that would allow them to charge Robinson with the murder of Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, California.
“We can place the offender in the area where Stephanie Harrison’s remains were found,” O’Carroll said. “Forensic evidence, including DNA, will be essential in linking our attacker to the murder of Ms Harrison.”
Sources say Fairfax County murder charges will soon be announced against Robinson in the death of Cheyenne Brown, 29, of southeast DC
Police identified Robinson as a suspected serial killer on December 17 after detectives searching for Brown discovered two sets of human remains in a secluded wooded area near the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue in the Huntington area. of Fairfax County. The remains were placed in a large plastic container near a shopping cart near a motel called Moon Inn.
DNA testing confirmed the identities of the Fairfax County victims as Brown and Harrison.
O’Carroll said additional detectives have been brought into the serial killer task force and his investigators meet regularly with Fairfax County District Attorney Steve Descano. “We met with our county attorney just days ago.”
During the ongoing investigation, O’Carroll spoke in general terms about the evidence that has been collected or is still being sought: “The digital evidence, the scientific evidence is going to prevail in this case. We still have a lot of stuff in the lab for scientific testing.
On the day Robinson’s name was first made public, Fairfax County police said surveillance video showed Brown and Robinson together at a DC subway stop on September 30 and they went to the Huntington subway station. She never came back.
O’Carroll says the task force includes the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.
“This is a case that takes us out of Virginia. It’s taken us to New York and Pennsylvania. There’s no stopping what we’re going to do to find out where Mr. Robinson went, what did and who he came into contact with,” O’Carroll said.
When Fairfax County police initially dubbed Robinson the “shopping cart killer,” they said he often met victims online through dating apps. Later, police clarified that the apps included Plenty of Fish and Tagged.
“Now, over the weeks, we got more clarity on his online activity — he was on multiple apps,” O’Carroll said. “We know he’s met people – we’ve spoken to people he’s met.”
O’Carroll implored anyone who met Robinson online to speak to detectives. “We strongly believe there are more ‘people’ who have met Anthony Eugene Robinson and survived that encounter.”
Harrison’s family said they were in the nation’s capital for sightseeing and disagree with the suggestion that they may have interacted with Robinson online before they were apparently at the Moon Inn at the same time .
Sources close to the investigation said detectives have not uncovered any digital, forensic or witness evidence to prove why Harrison and Robinson were apparently both at the Moon Inn at the same time. In early January, police were rummaging through large plastic bags filled with paper receipts provided by the motel.
“We are committed to getting as much evidence and detail as to who Anthony Robinson is, where he has been, who he has contact with,” O’Carroll said. “We are working hard, but we are not under a tight deadline here.”
While prosecutors and police won’t commit when Fairfax County’s first charge against Robinson will be filed, O’Carroll said, “When we have an abundance of probable causes.”
O’Carroll said Robinson will always benefit from the presumption of innocence. “We’re going to take this case to court,” O’Carroll said, “to hold him accountable for what he’s done.”
WTOP is seeking comments from Robinson’s defense attorney in the Harrisonburg area case.
Louis Nagy was appointed by the court to represent Robinson. Unlike larger courts, which have public defenders, in Rockingham County indigent defendants are appointed a local private attorney. The judge will likely appoint a Northern Virginia defense attorney to represent Robinson in the Fairfax County deaths, Nagy said.