Man Sought In Murder of Queens Nurse Caught in CA

July 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD apprehended on Tuesday in a California hotel a Connecticut man sought in the brutal murder of a Queens nurse he met on a dating site -- and police say they are looking for other women who may have been victimized by the suspect, Danuel Drayton, 27.

When police found Drayton, they also found a woman tied up in his room.

"When we captured Danuel Drayton in LA for the murder of Queens nurse Samantha Stewart, he had another victim held captive," NYPD Chief Dermot F. Shea tweeted Thursday afternoon. "He's off the streets but may have victimized others via online dating sites."

A day earlier, Shea confirmed Drayton's capture on Twitter, writing that authorities apprehended "a violent NYC predator prior to possibly taking another life in California."

The nurse, Samantha Stewart, 29, was found July 17 at her Jamaica home with trauma to her neck and head, police said. She worked at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

Drayton is also a suspect in a rape in Brooklyn.

Police said he met at least one victim on Tinder, and investigators believe he may have met other victims on other dating sites.