Tinder app death suspect Danueal Drayton faces nurse murder charges – NBC New York

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  • A former Connecticut man was jailed without bail on Friday after being extradited from California to face charges in the strangulation death of a woman he met on a dating app, New York prosecutors said. .
  • Danueal Drayton, 31, was arraigned in the New York City borough of Queens on charges of murder, sexual misconduct and grand larceny in the July 2018 death of Samantha Stewart, a nurse he was with. was connected on Tinder.
  • Authorities said Drayton, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, had a date with Stewart, 29, on July 16, 2018. Once inside Stewart’s apartment in Queens, Drayton beat and strangled Stewart and “engaged in sexual conduct” with her. corpse, District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

A former Connecticut man was jailed without bail on Friday after being extradited from California to face charges in the strangulation death of a woman he met on a dating app, New York prosecutors said. .

Danueal Drayton, 31, was arraigned in the New York City borough of Queens on charges of murder, sexual misconduct and grand larceny in the July 2018 death of Samantha Stewart, a nurse he was with. was connected on Tinder.

Authorities said Drayton, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, had a date with Stewart, 29, on July 16, 2018. Once inside Stewart’s apartment in Queens, Drayton beat and strangled Stewart and “engaged in sexual conduct” with her. corpse, District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

Drayton then stole Stewart’s credit cards and used one of them to buy a plane ticket to California, prosecutors said.

Drayton, who authorities say has a long history of violence against women, including arrests for unlawful imprisonment and strangulation in Connecticut, was charged with attempting to choke another woman to death in North Hollywood shortly shortly after arriving in California, authorities said. The North Hollywood case is ongoing.

Drayton was extradited from California on Thursday. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison for Stewart’s murder.

Katz called the young nurse’s death a “brutal crime that scares anyone using a dating app.” She said Stewart “was tricked into dating the accused, who was playing an online charmer but was in fact an alleged sexual predator.”

Stewart was a registered nurse at Long Island Jewish Hospital and a beloved role model to her siblings, her family said after her death. Her brother discovered the 29-year-old woman unconscious with neck and head injuries inside her Springfield Gardens home, police said at the time.

The brother said Stewart appeared to have been strangled and her tongue was sticking out and her teeth were knocked out.

In the months following the alleged murder, Drayton said he heard voices in his head that urged him to do it. He told the New York Daily News from a prison in Los Angeles – where he was then being held on charges involving another woman he allegedly held captive in California – that he remembered strangling Samantha Stewart and had spoken in voices urging him to hurt people.

A message seeking comment was left with an attorney for Drayton, who previously lived in Brooklyn and New Haven, Connecticut, before that.

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