The head of the Fairfax County investigation into the “basket killer” case expects that the first charge will soon be filed against Anthony Eugene Robinson in connection with the deaths of two women.
Fairfax County, Virginia, police are willing to be patient in trying to file a lawsuit against a suspect they dubbed a “wheelchair killer.”
“Anthony Eugene Robinson is in custody. He is not in society, on the streets, ”said Major Ed O’Carroll, head of the Fairfax Bureau of Criminal Affairs and Cybercriminal. He told WTOP: “It gives us time to work through the case as carefully as possible.”
Robinson is currently charged with two counts of first-degree murder and disposal of bodies two victims: Allen Elizabeth Redman, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Loris Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. Both are injured were found on an empty plot in Harrisonburg in late November.
WTOP reported on Thursday Police and prosecutors in Fairfax County have not yet found evidence that will allow them to charge Robinson with the murder of 48-year-old Stephanie Harrison of Reading, California.
“We can locate the culprit in the area where Stephanie Harrison’s remains were found,” O’Carroll said. “Forensic evidence, including DNA, will be crucial in connection with our criminal’s murder of Mrs. Harrison.”
Sources say accusations of killing Fairfax County will soon be announced against Robinson in the death of 29-year-old Cheyenne Brown of the Southeast District of Columbia
December 17, g.p. police have identified Robinson as a suspected serial killer after detectives looking for Brown discovered two sets of human remains in an isolated wooded area near 2400 Fairhaven Avenue in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. The remains were placed in a large plastic container near a motel called the Moon Inn.
A DNA test confirmed the identities of Fairfax County victims like Brown and Harrison.
O’Carroll said additional detectives have been recruited to the serial killer task force, and his investigators meet regularly with Commonwealth County Attorney General Steve Descan. “We met with our district attorney a few days ago.”
During the ongoing investigation, O’Carrol outlined what evidence has been collected or is still being sought: “Digital evidence, scientific evidence will prevail in this case. In the lab, we still have a lot of things for scientific testing. ”
The day Robinson’s name was first unveiled, Fairfax County Police said video surveillance showed Brown and Robinson together at the DC Metro stop on Sept. 30 and that they were driving to Huntington Subway Station. She never returned.
O’Carroll says the task force includes the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit.
“This is a case that takes us out of Virginia. This led us to New York and Pennsylvania. We can’t stop what we will do to find out where Mr. Robinson went, what he did and who he contacted, ”O’Carroll said.
When Fairfax County police initially called Robinson a “wheelchair killer,” they said he often met victims online through dating programs. Police later clarified that the programs include lots of fish and labeled.
“Now that weeks have passed, we’ve got more clarity on his online activities – he’s been in several programs,” O’Carroll said. “We know he met people – we talked to people he met.”
O’Carroll asked everyone who met Robinson online to talk to detectives. “We firmly believe that there are still” people who met Anthony Eugene Robinson and survived that meeting. “
Harrison’s family said they were in the country’s capital for sightseeing, and disagreed with the view that she could have chatted with Robinson online before apparently being at the Moon Inn at the same time.
Sources familiar with the investigation said detectives found no digital, forensic or witnesses to prove why Harrison and Robinson apparently were both at the Moon Inn at the same time. In early January, police searched in large plastic bags filled with paper receipts near the motel.
“We’re trying to get as much evidence and details as possible about who Anthony Robinson is, where he’s been, who he’s been in contact with,” O’Carroll said. “We are working hard, but we do not have short deadlines.”
Although prosecutors and police will not commit to when Robinson’s first indictment will be filed in Fairfax County, O’Carroll said, “If we have many probable reasons.”
O’Carroll said Robinson would always enjoy the presumption of innocence. “We will take the case to court,” O’Carroll said, “to bring him to justice for what he did.”
WTOP is seeking comments from Robinson’s lawyer in the Harrisonburg case.
Louis Nagy was appointed by the court to represent Robinson. Unlike larger jurisdictions that have public defenders, in Rockingham County defendants are appointed by local private attorneys because of adversity. The the judge is likely to appoint a Northern Virginia attorney who will represent Robinson in connection with the death of Fairfax County, Nagy said.