Fairfax County police are investigating a man they call “The Shopping Cart Killer” after four victims have been killed since August.
Police said they believe suspect Anthony Robinson, 35, is a serial killer. Robinson is in custody, officials said at a news conference Friday.
Detectives believe Robinson met victims on dating websites, went to hotels with them, killed them and then transported their remains in shopping carts. Badly decomposed remains of two victims were found together in a container.
“Our Shopping Cart Killer does unspeakable things with his victims,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said.
Police believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Robinson’s attorney has not issued a statement, law enforcement officials said Friday.
Robinson is known to have lived in D.C., Prince George’s County and New York, Davis said. He has a “remarkable absence of a criminal history,” compared with the horror of the crimes of which he’s accused, the chief said.
Human remains were found in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County on Wednesday, police said earlier Friday. The remains were found “tucked away in an isolated wooded area,” in a container near a shopping cart in the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue. The location is about a mile south of the Capital Beltway.
Harrisonburg police arrested Robinson earlier this month and charged him in the murders of two women in the Shenandoah Valley. The suspect also was a person of interest in the disappearance of a D.C. woman.
Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.