A man met a nurse from New York on Tinder a few years ago.
After they went to the meeting, the couple went to the nurse’s apartment where latter was killed. Now man has been charged with the crime.
31-year-old Danuel Drayton was indicted late last week by a Queens County grand jury following his extradition to New York.
29-year-old nurse Samantha Stewart was killed in a meeting on a night unfortunate for her. Drayton was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court and charged with murder, s * xual misconduct, grand larceny, and other crimes for the strangulation death
In a written statement District Attorney Melissa Katz stated, “This family deserves justice. This was a brutal crime that makes every person using a dating app fearful. The victim was duped into going out on a date with the defendant, who played a charmer online but was an alleged s * xual predator. The defendant is accused of brutally beating and then killing this innocent woman in her own home. After this heinous act of violence, the defendant fled the state to escape prosecution. Now back in our custody, this defendant will be held to account for his alleged actions. ”
According to court records, Stewart and Drayton went to a meeting and went to her home in Springfield Gardens, Queens.
That same day he hit and strangled her and then had sex with her dead body. The next day the victim’s brother found the body in the corner of the bed wrapped in a blanket.
Drayton took her credit cards and left them in a white van. After being found by the police, he was charged with murder in the second degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, petit larceny, s * xual misconduct, identity theft in the second and third degree, unlawful possession of personal identification information in the third degree, and criminal possession of the stolen property in the fourth degree.
He is slated to return to court on May 23, 2022. Drayton faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.