Danueal Drayton, after killing a Queens woman inside her home, used the victim’s stolen credit card to fly cross-country — where he took a West Hollywood woman hostage and raped her before his Monday arrest by the NYPD, according to the source.
The cold-blooded criminal also ordered a meal from Uber eats and did some shopping with the credit card after leaving the battered body of Samantha Stewart in a pool of blood for her brother and father to find inside her Springfield Gardens apartment.
Drayton, 27, made dehumanizing comments to cops about the unlucky-in-love women who swiped right on a Tinder profile where the sadistic suspect looked more like a charming college student than an ex-con, according to a pair of sources.
While Drayton was wanted for murder in the July 17 strangling of Stewart, 29, police were trying to determine if he actually committed any of the other half-dozen killings that he admitted to following his arrest.
One of the slayings occurred five months ago, where a Bronx father of three died after he was assaulted on the street by two men. A homeless man was initially arrested for the homicide, but released on his own recognizance — even though police say he is charged with murder — and is due back in court in October.
Police have yet to charge anyone else with the deadly attack.
Drayton identified a man of Indian descent living in Connecticut as one of his two murder victims in that state, the source said. The other killings were supposedly in Suffolk County, California and in either Queens or Nassau County.
Drayton remained behind bars on $1.25 million bail in California, where he fled on a one-way plane ticket after the Stewart killing. Once on the ground, he arranged a date with a local woman who was then taken captive and raped inside her apartment. The NYPD tracked the suspect cross-country and arrested him at the victim’s home, possibly saving her life.
Though Drayton deleted his Tinder account, cops hope a subpoena will allow them to recover its data and get a better idea of the suspect’s deadly dating habits, the source said. Cops were also checking other dating sites, including Plenty of Fish, to locate additional potential victims of the accused sexual predator.
Drayton was a New York City kid adopted by a Connecticut couple who reportedly took in 10 foster kids over 16 years at their suburban home. He was known as Dan on the campus of the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, where he arrived in the fall of 2009 with an eye on joining the football team. A phone message left for his adoptive parents Saturday was not returned.
Drayton, whose rap sheet dates to 2011, was freed without bail by a Nassau County judge just 12 days before the Stewart murder after an arrest for choking his girlfriend as the couple fought inside a Long Island park.
He was also accused in the June 17 rape of a 23-year-old woman who spotted Drayton’s Tinder profile. Their date ended with Drayton choking her unconscious and sexually assaulting her, cops said.