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Trio charged in East Rockingham robbery

Three suspects are accused of robbing a man in East Rockingham. From left: Amy Lynn Parker Smith, Boyce Edward Harrington, and Coray Austin Griffin.

ROCKINGHAM — Two men, a woman and an underage girl are facing charges related to a weekend robbery.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call of a reported robbery Saturday on Church Street in East Rockingham.

The alleged victim reportedly told the first responding deputy that a woman knocked on his door and had asked for a ride. When he opened the door, he was reportedly rushed by two men, who allegedly hit him and the head and demanded money.

The suspects allegedly took $600 from the victim’s wallet, as well as a laptop computer, cellphone and a 9mm handgun.

RCSO investigators secured and processed the scene, reportedly recovering shell casings from rounds fired by the suspects.

The female suspect, 42-year-old Amy Lynn Parker Smith, of Rockingham, was reportedly found a short time later at a motel by investigators with the Community Impact Team.

The two male suspects — 35-year-old Boyce Edward Harrington and 24-year-old Coray Austin Griffin, both of Rockingham — were reportedly found at a motel with an unnamed female juvenile suspect.

The sheriff’s office clarified that all four suspects were found at the same motel.

Smith, Harrington and Griffin were each charged with: robbery with a dangerous weapon; breaking and entering to terrorize or injure; conspiracy to commit armed robbery of a business or person; and larceny of a firearm.

Both Harrington and Griffin were booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Smith was also served with orders for arrest for failing to appear in court on a charge of misdemeanor larceny in Montgomery County and charges of second-degree trespassing and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance in Moore County.

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(Note: The press release and court records have her listed as “Amy Lee Parker Smith,” and jail records have her listed as “Amy Lee Smith Parker.”)

She is being held on a combined $101,000 secured bond.

All three are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 11 on the robbery charges.

The unnamed juvenile was also taken into secure custody on related charges.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Harrington is the only one with prior convictions.

Harrington was convicted of possessing stolen goods in 2004 and given probation. However, records appear to show the charge was changed to receiving stolen goods the following year when his probation was revoked, landing him behind bars for fewer than 2 months.

In 2011, Harrington was convicted in Scotland County on two counts of felony larceny and one count of attempted breaking and entering.

His probation on those charges was revoked in 2013 when he was convicted of selling a Schedule II controlled substance in Richmond County and he was incarcerated for nearly a year.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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