By JON CRONIN
On Friday, California police captured Danueal Drayton, who was on the run from the NYPD after he was suspected of strangling a nurse whom he was dating in her Springfield Gardens home on July 17.
Drayton will be charged with rape and murder when he is extradited back to New York, police said. Law enforcement officials believe that Drayton is also a social media predator. He met Samantha Stewart, the Springfield Gardens nurse, on Tinder.
Stewart was discovered in her home on July 17 by her brother and father. The two suspected something was wrong and broke into her home and discovered her body. Drayton is also accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Nassau County. Police also recently connected Drayton to a rape in Park Slope.
The city’s Police Department is looking for assistance from the public as investigators believe that Drayton, who is wanted for assault in Connecticut and is suspected of raping a woman in Brooklyn this year, could be guilty of sexual assaults that have not been reported to the police.
The NYPD is urging anyone with information to call the rape hotline at 212-267-RAPE.