Tinder death suspect extradited from California to face charges in New York

NEW YORK – 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, prosecutors said from New York.

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.”

A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer for Drayton.

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