Advertisement

Woman Who Dated Alleged 'Shopping Cart' Serial Killer Reveals His Most Disturbing Behavior: 'Could Not Believe It'

Anthony Robinson is suspected by police of murdering six women

Anthony Robinson
Anthony Robinson

In retrospect, there were many red flags that stood out to Monica White when she first met Anthony Robinson — the accused murderer who has since been dubbed the alleged "Shopping Cart Killer."

Robinson is now charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Allene Redmon and Tonita Smith. He's considered a suspect in the killings of Stephanie Harrison, Cheyenne Brown, Sonya Champ and Skye Allen. Police believe Robinson transported the victims' bodies in a shopping cart before dumping their remains in vacant lots.

Robinson has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges and is currently awaiting trial in a Virginia jail. He has not been charged in the four other women’s deaths, which remain under investigation.

But before his November 2021 arrest, when White first met Robinson on the dating app Tagged, the Pennsylvania woman thought the father from Virginia seemed normal. Robinson told her he worked for his home municipality doing trash and waste removal, and he was usually at work when he called.

“From the video calls, I couldn’t tell who he was as a person,” she tells PEOPLE. “What he seemed like on the video calls was just a young man trying to make money."

But then he started calling her obsessively, she claims. “Some days I wouldn't even want to answer the phone,” she says.

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/cherissmay/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Cheriss May</a></p> Monica White

Cheriss May

Monica White

Still, White kept in contact with Robinson. She was bored and lonely after a recent divorce. And while she says she wasn't “really, really” attracted to him, she wasn’t talking to anyone else at the time.

They first met in person when he traveled to Mechanicsburg, Pa., to meet her in January 2021. That's when her misgivings about him began.

“Oh my God, he was totally different,” she says. “He was nice that first visit — but there were things that went up as red flags.”

For more on the case of the alleged "Shopping Cart Killer," subscribe now to PEOPLE, or pick up this week's issue, on newsstands Friday.

As soon as he got in the car when she picked him up at the bus stop, she claims he turned to her and said, “Please don’t judge me straight off the bat — let’s get to know each other. I don’t like when women reject me.”

That, she says, "was a red flag right there.”

But she told herself they had been talking for weeks. She took him back to her home, they chatted, they ordered food, they got to know each other. “He wasn’t too bad, but he wasn’t my type,” she says.

In the bedroom, his behavior frightened her.

“We had intercourse together. But he started doing something crazy during the intercourse to where I just had to cut him off," she claims. "Then I kept on hearing voices saying, 'You're sleeping with the enemy.' And I know that's my spiritual part of me. The Holy Spirit talks to me all the time. I heard a voice saying, 'You have to get him out your house.' I woke up in the middle of the night and this man was up staring at me because I was rejecting him. I would not allow him to be with me intimately. After that one time, I would not allow him.”

<p>Courtesy Smith Family; Courtesy Destiny Livingston; Courtesy Nicadra Brown; Facebook; Harrisburg Police Department; Facebook</p> Tonita Smith, Stephanie Harrison, Cheyenne Brown, Sonya Champ, Allene Redmon, Skye Allen

Courtesy Smith Family; Courtesy Destiny Livingston; Courtesy Nicadra Brown; Facebook; Harrisburg Police Department; Facebook

Tonita Smith, Stephanie Harrison, Cheyenne Brown, Sonya Champ, Allene Redmon, Skye Allen

In bed, he tried to tie her up, she says.

“He tried to bound me ... But I wouldn't let him. I was like, 'I'm not into it.' He pulled my arms behind my back and then grabbed me by my neck,” she says. “I don't think he was trying to kill me, but I think that he's into some freaky, crazy stuff.”

That first visit, he said he wanted to move in with her — and she told him he was moving way too fast.

Robinson asked if he could visit again the following month, to celebrate White's 54th birthday. He arrived a week before the party. He bought himself a one-way bus ticket – and told her he had “good news” because he had job offers in the area.

Additionally, she says he clogged her cousin's toilet. And at White's birthday party, Robinson’s behavior worried her family members.

“He was drinking. Then not only that, harassing the kids, flirting with the boys,” she claims, adding that she believes Robinson was bisexual, and that he withheld this information from her.

That night, she let him sleep in her bed, but she refused to be physically intimate with him.

“He ended up peeing in my bed,” she says. “He peed in my bed on my birthday. I could not believe it,” she alleges. “I allowed you to sleep in my bed, and you pee in my bed?"

When she confronted him about his behavior, including his alleged lies about his sexuality, she claims, "He started snapping."

<p>Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty</p> Harrisonburg chief of police Kelley Warner announces Anthony Robinson's arrest.

Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty

Harrisonburg chief of police Kelley Warner announces Anthony Robinson's arrest.

At that point, she said he told him he had to leave her house. She gave him $20 to get back to the train station — but he didn’t leave town.

Instead, he went to a gas station up the street and called her cousins, weeping on the phone with them, she claims.

“He sat up there and cried all night long, she says.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases.

For White, having been intimate with an alleged serial killer made her reflect and focus on healing herself.

“I don't need a man to love myself," she says. "I had to learn that. In order to make myself happy, I didn't need a man. All I needed was God."

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/cherissmay/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Cheriss May</a></p> Monica White and family

Cheriss May

Monica White and family

She says her decision to date Robinson was "not my normal behavior" adding that she was "weakened at the time" due to a life-threatening situation she had endured shortly before the relationship.

Now, after dating an alleged serial killer, she isn't looking for love online anymore.

“I don't need to search for love. Love will find me. I'm patient now," she says.

Reflecting on Robinson, she says, “He's an insane, weird, crazy person. Something snapped."

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.