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Man arrested after police say he left behind ID after raping woman in her home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis man is charged after police say he broke into a home, raped a woman, took two TVs and a car, but left behind...
2-17-20 – matthew smith

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis man is charged after police say he broke into a home, raped a woman, took two TVs and a car, but left behind a jacket with his wallet and ID.

Police say just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday, a man, later identifiedas Matthew Smith, broke into a home in the 3000 block of Flint Drive. A womantold investigators she woke up in her bedroom to find a strange man touchingher. She said the man proceeded to rape her.

The woman’s husband told police he saw a man he knew as “Matthew” grabtheir car keys off a kitchen counter, run into the garage, and take off intheir SUV. The husband said he also found two TVs had been stolen.

The woman was taken to rape crisis, where she complained ofbreathing problems. Police say she was taken to the hospital, where theylearned she had a cracked rib.

While searching the home for evidence, police say they found ajacket that did not belong to the couple. Police say in the jacket was a walletwith identification for Matthew Smith.

The stolen SUV was found less than a mile from the victims’ homewith the TVs inside. Police say the suspect was found about three houses downfrom where the SUV was found, at the address listed on the ID that was found inthe jacket that had been left behind.

Smith is charged with aggravated rape, especially aggravatedburglary, especially aggravated robbery, and auto theft. He remains injail on $250,000 bond.