man accused of murder, rape and holding a woman captive in a crime
spree which stretched from the east to west coasts of the USA used
Tinder and other dating websites to find his alleged victims, police
police search was launched for Danueal Drayton, 27, after
29-year-old nurse Samantha Stewart was found dead in her bedroom in
Queens, New York, on July 17.
had reportedly suffered trauma to her head and neck.
the investigation, Drayton, of New Haven, Connecticut, was
eventually linked to the rape of another woman that happened in the
area weeks earlier.
was then traced by police to the West coast and arrested this week
in California over allegedly sexually assaulting and trying to kill
another 28-year-old woman he was holding captive in a LA hotel room
after a date, police said.
believe Drayton used Tinder to meet these women and other dating
sites to meet other possible victims.
York police chief Dermot Shea said the "common denominator" in the
cases was "multiple dating websites" that Drayton used to
"victimise" the women, reports CNN.
to reports the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Drayton
allegedly strangled and assaulted his third victim on July 22 and 23
after he refused to let her leave her apartment following a date.
Samantha Stewart's aunt Ruby Dixon told WCBS :
“A lot of sorrow is in my heart.
niece was the best you ever could find in a human being.”
father Kenneth Stewart said: "I’m devastated by my loss of my
daughter, but hearing this news now it really, really shocks me,
throws me over the edge."
faces a maximum sentence of over 23 years to life in prison if he's
found guilty and his bail is set at $1.25 million, according to