Media Alert: Chief Davis to Announce Identity of Victims from Shopping Cart Serial Killer
Mount Vernon Police District – This evening, Chief Kevin Davis will announce the results of the DNA analysis and positive identification of the two victims found in a container on Dec. 15 in the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue in the Fairfax County portion of Alexandria. Chief Davis and Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Chief, Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics Bureau will provide an update to the community of the alleged Shopping Cart Serial Killer. The press conference will be streamed on our Facebook.
Public Safety Headquarters
12099 Government Center Parkway
Press Room: 2nd Floor
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Friday, January 7, at 8 p.m.
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(Originally published on Dec. 17)
Chief Davis Announces Evidence of an Alleged Serial Killer in Virginia
To watch the full press conference with details from Harrisonburg Chief of Police, Kelley Warner, watch here: Chief Davis announces evidence of alleged serial killer in Virginia.
Mount Vernon Police District – Two bodies were found in a wooded area Wednesday in the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue in the Fairfax County portion of Alexandria. Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau were called on Dec. 7 to assist the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with a missing persons investigation. MPD detectives received information that a man who was arrested in two recent homicides in Harrisonburg was seen with Cheyenne Brown, 29, was reported missing from Washington, D.C. Information led detectives to her last known location near the Moon Inn Hotel on Richmond Highway.
Our detectives along with the assistance of a cadaver dog and officer from George Mason University began searching the hotel and the nearby area for evidence related to the missing person. The search ended that day and nothing was found.
Detectives from our homicide squad traveled to Harrisonburg to gather additional details about the link between their homicide investigation and MPD’s missing person. Through additional investigation, detectives found video surveillance from Sept. 30 at the Huntington Metro. The video surveillance confirmed the suspect, and the victim were together the last time Ms. Brown was seen.
On Wednesday, detectives received new information that led them back to the Moon Inn Hotel to expand their search. A detective observed a shopping cart in a nearby wood line. Recognizing the suspect in the Harrisonburg cases used a shopping cart to transport his victims, the detectives conducted a further examination of the area. Near the shopping cart, the detective found a container. Inside the container, the detective discovered what he believed to be human remains. The Office of the Medical Examiner and an anthropologist from George Mason responded to the scene and confirmed the remains to be human.
The container was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner where tragically two bodies were discovered. Detectives tentatively identified one of the women in the container as Ms. Brown. This tentative identification was made from a distinct tattoo that Ms. Brown had on her body. Positive identification of Ms. Brown and identification of the second victim is pending further DNA analysis.
Detectives determined that the Harrisonburg suspect, Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, D.C. was communicating with the victim through a dating website prior to her disappearance. Detectives believe Robinson is responsible for the death of Ms. Brown and the unidentified victim.
Detectives are continuing to follow additional leads and would like to hear from anyone who may have information about Robinson, this case, or may have had past interactions with Robinson. To contact our detectives, please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.
Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.
These are being investigated as the 20th and 21st homicides year to date in Fairfax County.
In 2020, there were 15 homicides year to date.
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