SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, Queens, N.Y. -- (WPIX) -- The man who allegedly strangled a nurse in her Queens home is also accused of raping a woman and using dating websites to meet his victims, police said Thursday.
Detectives investigating the death of 29-year-old Samantha Stewart on July 17 connected her murder with the rape of a woman in Brooklyn several weeks earlier, NYPD officials said. They tracked Danueal Drayton, 27, to a California hotel, where he was allegedly holding a woman against her will.
Officers believe Drayton used multiple dating websites to find Stewart and his other victims.
"This individual uses dating websites to meet women and then victimize women," NYPD Chief Dermot Shea said. "There's potentially more victims out there."
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