According to prosecutors, a 31-year-old Connecticut man killed a lady he met on a dating app before having sex with her body. According to the New York Post, the accused, Danueal Drayton, also allegedly used the deceased woman’s credit card to purchase an airline ticket to California.
Samantha Stewart, the victim, was met on the Tinder dating app by Drayton. Following a date in 2018, the accused guy allegedly strangled Stewart at her Queens home. After being extradited from Los Angeles, the 31-year-old appeared in Queens Supreme Court on Friday. An 18-count indictment has been filed against him.
After his arraignment, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz stated, “This was a terrible act that makes every individual utilizing a dating app scared.” “The victim was misled into going on a date with the defendant, who pretended to be a charming online person but was actually a sexual predator.”
Prosecutors claim that after killing Stewart, Drayton had sex with her body. According to the accusation, he also left her lifeless body in her bedroom before escaping with her credit cards. One of the credit cards was allegedly used to purchase an airline ticket to Los Angeles by the accused.
A week after the incident, authorities nabbed the suspect at a motel in North Hollywood. When he was apprehended, he was allegedly holding a woman hostage at the hotel.
After Drayton flew to Los Angeles, Stewart’s brothers discovered her body. According to the New York Post, she was discovered with missing teeth and her tongue hanging out of her mouth.
“Justice must be served to this family,” Katz added. “Now that this criminal is back in our custody, he will be held accountable for his alleged actions.”
Drayton confessed to killing six other people in addition to Stewart, according to PEOPLE. Investigators noted at the time that they thought he utilized dating apps to contact his victims. The date of his next court hearing is set for May 23.
Drayton faces allegations of second-degree murder, fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny, sexual misconduct, second-and third-degree identity theft, third-degree unlawful possession of personally identifiable information, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen items.