Suspect in the murder of a Springfield Gardens woman arrested in California

Danuel Drayton

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the brutal murder of a Springfield Gardens woman who was found in her home.

Danueal Drayton, 27, of New Haven, Connecticut, was taken into custody in North Hollywood, California, on July 26. CBS New York reported that Drayton was found in a hotel holding another woman captive.

According to police, at 9:10 p.m. on July 17, officers from the 105th Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding an unconscious person at a home on 145th Road near 167th Street. Upon their arrival, police found 29-year-old Samantha Stewart, unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma to her neck and head.

Stewart was declared dead at the scene by EMS. The medical examiner later determined that Stewart was strangled.

Reports say that Drayton has a history with police. In June, Drayton was arrested for allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend. He also has five prior arrests in Connecticut and is allegedly connected to the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

Police believe that Drayton used Tinder to meet Stewart and could have used other dating websites to meet other potential victims.

Detectives believe that there may be other victims or crimes associated with Drayton. The NYPD is asking for anyone with information to contact investigators immediately.

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