Cops cuff ex-boyfriend wanted in college student’s death

The ex-boyfriend of a University of Pittsburgh student whose father found her dead in her apartment was arrested in South Carolina after a tipster phoned police, authorities said.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. Joey Crosby confirmed that Matthew Darby, 21, was collared at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday after a resident spotted him tampering with a window at a home. Responding officers took Darby into custody and learned that he was wanted for the murder of Alina Sheykhet, 20, in Pittsburgh, more than 600 miles away.

“Thank you to the concerned citizen that reported this suspicious activity,” Crosby said on Facebook. “Remember, if you see something, say something — it could lead to the arrest of a violent offender.”

Darby was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of being a fugitive, loitering and resisting arrest, police told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also faces charges that include homicide, burglary, possessing instruments of crime, theft and flight to avoid apprehension in connection with the death of Sheykhet — who was found dead Sunday after her worried father kicked in her bedroom door.

Police in Pittsburgh said paramedics at the scene pronounced her dead from blunt force trauma. Sheykhet had filed for an order of protection against Darby in September, police said. Darby had been arrested Sept. 26 for allegedly breaking into her apartment six days prior, according to a news release.

Darby can be seen in surveillance footage from near the crime scene around the time of Sheykhet’s killing. The video also shows Darby — who pleaded not guilty last February to raping another ex-girlfriend in Pennsylvania’s Indiana County — drop a shiny object into a sewer grate as he left Sheykhet’s home, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Post-Gazette.

In the sewer, investigators found a claw hammer and two stainless steel knives that they believe were used to kill Sheykhet, according to the criminal complaint.

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