A man suspected of using dating apps to lure as many as seven female victims to their death has reportedly confessed to brutally strangling a nurse in New York City.
Danueal Drayton, 27, of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested in Los Angeles on July 24, for allegedly strangling 29-year-old Samantha Stewart to death at her Queens home on July 17.
Authorities tracked down Drayton in Los Angeles, where they found him in the same residence as a woman who had been tied up and was said to be held against her will, the New York Daily News reported.
On his arrest, law enforcement sources say Drayton not only confessed to murdering Stewart but also boasted about killing six other women. He claims to have killed two in Connecticut, slain women in the Bronx and Suffolk County, as well as another murder in Queens or Nassau County.
‘My body did this, not my mind,’ Drayton allegedly told police. ‘I didn’t want to do this. My body made me do this.’
Police are now investigating the claims and NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea is convinced that ‘there will be more victims.’
He said that Drayton used dating apps like Tinder to target and stalk his potential victims.
‘It is believed by us that this individual uses dating websites to meet women, and then victimizes these women,’ Shea told reporters at a news conference last week.
Police say that between 2011 and February 2018, Drayton was arrested five times in his home state of Connecticut – including on a second-degree strangulation charge.
He is currently on probation in that state for second-degree harassment.