Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect in Student's Killing to Face New Rape Charge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect in Student's Killing to Face New Rape Charge

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The man charged with killing a University of Pittsburgh student will face new charges of rape involving a teen from Elizabeth.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said on Friday that Matthew Darby, 21, of Greensburg, will be charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl. The alleged crime occurred between Mr. Darby's arrest for criminal trespass on Sept. 26 and before he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Alina Sheykhet, 20, of Oakland, early Sunday.

Pittsburgh police were contacted on Tuesday by the mother of the alleged victim in Elizabeth, Mr. Zappala said. She told them that Mr. Darby was the man who assaulted her child, and that they recognized his photograph when they saw news coverage of the homicide in Oakland.

Allegheny County Police are investigating the alleged rape in Elizabeth, and Mr. Zappala said he expects charges to be filed soon.

He also revealed that one of the weapons used to kill Ms. Sheykhet was taken from the basement of her apartment building on Cable Place.

According to investigators, Mr. Darby entered Ms. Sheykhet's building through a basement window, and the hammer used in the attack was taken from there.

Mr. Darby had already been out on a $10,000 bond on a pending rape case from Indiana County that was filed in February.

In addition, Ms. Sheykhet obtained a temporary protection-from-abuse order against him on Sept. 21 from Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon after Mr. Darby attempted to enter her apartment two nights earlier by shimmying up a gutter on her building.

Ms. Sheykhet told Judge Spurgeon that she had dated him for two years but that they had broken up, and she had blocked him from being able to call.

When he broke into her second-floor window, she said, "he didn't want to harm me. He just wanted to speak to me. I did leave him a few weeks prior to that, and I guess he did not like the fact that I asked him to leave me alone."

She called him "controlling," but when asked if she thought he would hurt her, repeatedly said, "No."

She said she knew there was "a warrant out for his arrest," but said, "I don't think he would lay a hand on me. …

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