Police Arrest Two Suspects Wanted For Belmont Woman’s Murder

GASTON COUNTY, NC — Police have arrested two suspects wanted in connection to a woman’s murder in Belmont on Sunday, May 5th.

Gaston County Police have charged 48-year-old James Michael Rick with First Degree Murder. 51-year-old Melinda Kay Robinson, an acquaintance of both Rick and the victim, has also been charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder.

Police say the two suspects were arrested Wednesday at a home on Old Carolina Mining Road in Stanley. East Gaston High School, which is located near the home, was place on a brief perimeter lockdown as a precaution, police say, while the arrest operation was conducted.

Around 1:15am on May 5th, Belmont Police say they were called to the Seven Oaks Bridge on South New Hope Road in reference to a vehicle in the water.

Arriving officers say they found the victim, Delia Aldridge Rick, 61, dead inside.

Delia Rick

Belmont and Gaston County Police are investigating Rick’s death as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belmont PD at 704-829-4082 or CrimeStoppers at 704-861-8000.