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Possible Fifth Victim Linked To The Alleged 'Shopping Cart Killer' Serial Murderer
Police believe that Sonya Champ, who was found dead in a shopping cart in September, could be another alleged victim of "Shopping Cart Killer" Anthony Robinson.
Officials in Virginia have linked a fifth possible victim to a suspected serial killer that they have dubbed the “Shopping Cart Killer.”
Anthony Robinson, 35, was arrested in November and charged with two counts of first-degree murder after police linked him to the bodies of two women who were found in an open lot in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In December, police linked him to two more victims in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“We have a serial killer,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference at the time. “The good thing is he’s in custody, the challenge that remains is identifying other victims.”
Now it appears as though police have identified a fifth possible victim: Sonya Champ, 40, whose body was found in a shopping cart covered by a blanket on Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C. — which is just east of Fairfax County.
“We believe this may be Anthony Eugene Robinson's fifth victim," Fairfax County Police Major Edward O'Carroll said during a press conference on Friday. "This is based on digital evidence that puts him in the same vicinity around the time of the victim's disappearance. It's sad and tragic."
Davis also identified the two victims found in Fairfax County as Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, D.C. and Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, California. Both women were found on Dec. 15 in a container next to a shopping cart near the Moon Inn Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. Officials claim Robinson used a shopping cart to transport both victims to the container.
Davis said that Robinson met Brown via the dating app Plenty of Fish and was the last person to be seen with her.
Police believe that Robinson also met his alleged victims whose bodies were found in Harrisonburg — Allene Elizabeth "Beth" Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville, Virginia — through dating apps.
“It is believed that Robinson used this Plenty of Fish dating app to lure his victims,” Davis said on Friday. “We believe Robinson has also used the Tagged dating app."
Davis told the public that the police need more information about Robinson as they continue to build their case.
“We do need your help about his habits to help uncover additional victims or possibly survivors,” he said.
He called Robinson a “serial killer” who “took the lives of innocent women.”
To date, Robinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two felony counts of concealing, transporting or altering a dead body. Louis Nagy, his attorney, has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Fairfax Police Department’s major crime bureau at (703) 246-7800.