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Missing Gaston woman turns herself in, faces new legal woes

By Elizabeth DePompei and Steve Lyttle
edepompei@charlotteobserver.com
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- MECKLENBURG COUNTY JAIL
Amy Lynette Robinson, 42, the Gaston County woman whose disappearance touched off a three-day search at North Myrtle Beach, surrendered to authorities early Thursday in Charlotte. She also goes by Amy Arrington.

The Gaston County woman whose disappearance last weekend touched off a three-day search at North Myrtle Beach is in the Mecklenburg County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Amy Lynette Robinson, 42, who also goes by Amy Arrington, turned herself in to Mecklenburg authorities about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after failing to appear in court Monday in Charlotte on several charges including financial identity theft and forgery.

Robinson also missed a court date in May. Her husband had said she was in the hospital.

Robinson’s attorney, James Cyrus, asked the judge that a “reasonable bond be set given that she’s here.”

But Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans set Robinson’s bond at $500,000.

The judge also ordered that if Robinson makes bond, she must wear an electronic monitor.

“You are not to leave Gaston County,” Evans told her.

Standing next to her attorney in a maroon jumpsuit, Robinson replied, “Yes ma’am.”

A trial date has not been set. Assistant District Attorney Erik Lindahl requested time to confer with witnesses who he said are coming from all over.

Robinson had been reported missing on Saturday in North Myrtle Beach by her husband, Paul David Arrington, around 4:40 p.m. Arrington told police he watched his wife walk waist-deep into the water before he laid down on the beach and turned over. He later reported his wife missing to a lifeguard.

Arrington is now in custody at the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety after he turned himself in on charges of criminal conspiracy. Police said Arrington also is charged with making a false complaint to a law enforcement officer and giving false information to a rescue squad or fire department.

Authorities in Horry County also are considering the possibility of charging Arrington with some of the cost of the search, which included the use of helicopters and watercraft.

On Wednesday morning, North Myrtle Beach police spokesman Patrick Dowling said authorities became convinced Robinson had not drowned. Instead, he said, police believed Paul Arrington had filed the missing person report so his wife could avoid going to court Monday to face charges of identity theft, forgery and obtaining property by false pretense.

Amy Robinson’s criminal record dates to 1992 with charges mostly in Union, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. Among the charges: credit card theft, larceny and financial card fraud. According to a search of court records by the Observer, Robinson served more than two years in prison for identity theft and fraud. She was released in 2008.

Staff writer Joe DePriest contributed.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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