Myrtle Beach police announce capture of Pennsylvania murder suspect
A man wanted in connection with the gruesome murder of a University of Pittsburgh student was arrested by Myrtle Beach police in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
A concerned resident called police about 12:45 a.m. to report suspicious activity, said Capt. Joey Crosby, spokesman with Myrtle Beach police, in a release.
The resident reported that the suspect was tampering with the window of a home and alerted officers. Police found the suspect and learned he was wanted out of Pittsburgh, Penn. in connection with a murder, Crosby said.
The suspect was identified as Matthew Darby, 21, and he will be extradited back to Pennsylvania, Crosby stated.
Darby is the ex-boyfriend of Alina Sheykhet, a University of Pittsburgh student, who “brutally murdered at her off-campus apartment” on Sunday, according to the TribLIVE.com.
Darby of Hempfield, Penn. allegedly called Sheykhet multiple times before using a commercial driver to take him to the area of her apartment, the TribLive.com reports.
Pennsylvania police allege Darby used a claw hammer and two knives in the 20-year-old’s death, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Myrtle Beach police are assisting, but would not give further details on the case, Crosby said.
In Myrtle Beach, Darby is facing charges of giving false information to police and loitering, according to jail records.
Darby is also facing a fugitive charge, and a Myrtle Beach Municipal Court judge denied bond on that charge at a hearing Wednesday morning.
When asked by the judge if Darby would like to waive or have a hearing on the matter of his extradition, he told the court he would like to consult with an attorney first before deciding.
He is currently being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail on a total of $721 bond for the giving false information to police and loitering charges, jail records show.