Man Suspected in New York Murder Charged With North Hollywood Attack - NECN

Man Suspected in New York Murder Charged With North Hollywood Attack

Police believe the 27-year-old man met the women through an online dating site and they are looking for other possible victims.

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    Dating App Murder Suspect in Court

    The man accused of killing a nurse in New York and holding another women hostage in North Hollywood made his first court appearance on Monday. Kim Tobin reports for the 4 p.m. news on Monday, July 30 2018.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018)

    A man suspected of killing a nurse and raping another woman in New York is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges that he sexually assaulted and tried to kill a woman in her North Hollywood apartment after they went on a date last weekend.

    Danueal Drayton, 27, is charged with one count each of attempted murder, forcible rape, false imprisonment by violence and sexual penetration by a foreign object involving the alleged attack last weekend.

    Drayton is accused of sexually assaulting the 28-year-old woman, trying to strangle her and refusing to let her leave her apartment, according to Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr.


    The crimes allegedly occurred last Sunday and Monday. Drayton was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday by Los Angeles police in North Hollywood, and could face more than 23 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.

    He was wanted in New York in connection with the killing of nurse Samantha Stewart, who was found dead in her Queens apartment on July 17, as well as the rape earlier this month of a woman in Brooklyn, according to media reports.


    Stewart, 29, was found dead by her father and brother, and authorities later determined that she had been strangled, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Police believe Drayton met the women through an online dating site and that others were possibly victimized.