Pitt Murder Suspect Charged With Rape In Separate Incident

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man accused of killing a Pitt student has been charged with rape in a separate incident.

In that case, a 17-year-old girl accuses Matthew Darby of raping her in Elizabeth Borough.

The rape allegedly took place less than a week before the murder of Darby’s former girlfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, Darby first met the girl at a party at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They exchanged texts and phone calls until Darby asked her to go out to dinner.

Police say he picked her up, and as they drove around, they were trying to decide where to eat.

Investigators say Darby pulled into a parking lot with woods surrounding it. The two were talking and eventually got out of the car.

The girl told police Darby walked into the woods. Once there, she says Darby allegedly pushed her on the back. She fell and hit her head off a tree and he pushed her face into the ground, holding her down.

According to police investigators, the girl said Darby raped her, even though she told him to stop. The girl says Darby later took her home and said, “I wouldn’t say anything” about what happened.

Five days after that alleged encounter, police say Darby murdered his ex-girlfriend, University of Pittsburgh student Alina Sheykhet at her home in Oakland.

Police say she had broken up with him, but he was abusive and wouldn’t leave her alone.

So she took a Protection from Abuse Order, or PFA, out against him. He’s accused of breaking into her home and beating her to death.

Darby has also been accused of rape in the past.

In February, Darby was charged with raping an ex-girlfriend in Indiana County. Police say he called her 33 times in one night and when she finally agreed to meet with him, he viciously raped her.

Police arrested Darby as he was trying to break into a home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He remains in a South Carolina jail while officials arrange to have him extradited back to Pittsburgh to face charges.

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