NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police arrested the North Carolina couple who police say faked the wife's disappearance in North Myrtle Beach last weekend to avoid showing up in court.
Paul David Arrington turned himself in to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Thursday evening. He was released hours later after bonding out of his charges for filing a false police report and criminal conspiracy.
Arrington surrendered himself hours after his wife, Amy Arrington turned herself into authorities in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday night. North Myrtle Beach officials announced Wednesday that she conspired with her husband to disappear to avoid having to show up in North Carolina court to answer to identity theft and forgery charges.
Amy Arrington is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, booked under the name Amy Lynette Robinson, according to Patrick Dowling with the City of North Myrtle Beach. She was booked at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to jail records.
"The City of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department has determined that Amy Lynette Arrington did not drown in the ocean off North Myrtle Beach on July 5," officials stated Wednesday. "In cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, it has been determined that she and her husband, Paul David Arrington, conspired for her to disappear to avoid having to show up in court in North Carolina to answer to charges filed against her in that state."
Amy Arrington was supposed to be in habitual felon count on Monday in North Carolina for identity theft and forgery charges. The judge issued an order for her arrest. Out of state witnesses were in court on Monday to testify against Arrington. She failed to appear for trial back in May after providing a note from the emergency room.
Amy Arrington also faces one count of criminal conspiracy in North Myrtle Beach.
Amy Arrington has used multiple last names, including Robinson, Sutton and Goebel, and an official with the Lowell Police Department in North Carolina said they have linked these names to a criminal record spanning two decades. She has spend nearly four years behind bars in North Carolina.
In 1992, Arrington was charged with credit card theft, larceny, and financial card fraud. In 2005, she was hit with 12 different charges, including identity fraud, theft and cheat - property/services. Her most recent charges, identity theft and forgery, still need to handled in court.
As late as Tuesday, crews were searching for Amy Arrington, 42, who was last seen in the ocean around 24th Avenue North and North Ocean Boulevard, according to the police report. According to the police report from North Myrtle Beach, Arrington was reported missing by her husband to the lifeguard tower near Sea Mountain Highway just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
The police report states that Paul told police he was laying on the beach when Amy told him she was going into the water. He told her he would be there in a minute and watched her walk into the water about waist deep before he laid back down.
About 15 to 20 minutes later, Paul began to approach a woman on the beach who he thought was his wife. Paul then realized it was not her and reported her missing to a lifeguard, according to the report. Paul told police that his wife was an average swimmer and had two alcoholic beverages throughout the day.