A New York Town girl who dated the 27-year-old suspected assassin whom police imagine used relationship apps to focus on his sufferers stated he gave the impression of a “dream man” to start with, however that facade ultimately pale when he allegedly attacked her six months later.
Zynea Barney, 26, stated she started interacting with Danueal Drayton closing November after he messaged her on an internet relationship and matchmaking utility, for “two days instantly.”
Barney “wasn’t searching for love” on the time, so she stated she unnoticed the messages to start with, however she ultimately responded.
“It was once simply dialog, , simply communicate right here and there,” Barney instructed ABC Information.
Barney and Drayton had been quickly texting each day, and 3 weeks later, their conversations advanced to telephone calls, she stated. On the time, she says she discovered him to be a “actual just right man” along with his “head on his shoulders.”
Drayton stood out as a result of as an alternative of asking Barney for footage of her frame, like a “customary man” would, he would inquire about her objectives and desires as an alternative, she stated.
“We’d communicate all evening, all day, common dialog,” she stated. “No pink flags, not anything. Simply — the easiest man.”
Barney’s first impressions of Drayton had been sure on account of “the way in which he spoke,” she stated.
“He carried himself rather well in dialog,” she stated. “Like, he confirmed that he was once very curious about what you mentioned, what you had occurring.”
What Barney first perceived as passion later translated into what she felt was once him “pretending to have similarities” along with her, which is what “saved the conversations going,” she stated.
“It was once a satisfaction to speak to him at the moment,” Barney stated.
The primary time the pair met in individual, they stayed in a resort in combination however slept in separate beds, Barney stated. That evening, they watched motion pictures and joked round with each and every different.
Then, Barney and Drayton started seeing each and every different each day, she stated, whether or not or not it’s a stroll within the park or going out for a meal.
“There was once now not an afternoon we did not see each and every different,” Barney stated.
Barney stated the connection “saved going ahead in a good route,” however she spotted one thing amiss when Drayton was once using her automotive and he or she replied a decision on his telephone from a girl named “Cherry.”
Barney says the lady instructed her that she additionally met Drayton on a relationship app. In step with Barney, the lady stated she and Drayton had been “simply pals,” however instructed Barney he’d by no means discussed that he had a lady friend.
Barney demanded that Drayton pull over and get out of her automotive, inflicting him to plead along with her, telling her that the lady was once “not anything” however “dialog,” she stated.
However, Barney says she drove away, telling Drayton that whilst he must were truthful along with her, they may stay pals since Drayton was once “new to New York,” providing him lend a hand with searching for a role. Barney’s son was once within the backseat of the auto on the time, she stated.
After that, the connection spiraled out of keep watch over, Barney stated. She started to really feel threatened in early June, she stated, when Drayton would allegedly sleep outdoor her house, looking forward to her and begging her to take him again when she would ask him to depart.
“He then proceeded to take my landlord’s ladder that was once positioned in my hallway and position it to the window and climbed up,” Barney stated, including that her son was once within the room on the time. “That is after I knew, like, he has to head.”
Throughout their ultimate come across, Drayton allegedly strangled Barney, she stated.
That day, Drayton started “blowing up” Barney’s telephone round 6 a.m., she stated. Round two hours later, when she in spite of everything picked up, Barney stated he requested if he may just see her sooner than he went to California for a role.
After the pair went to Chipotle in combination, Barney says Drayton instructed her that he sought after to spend “the remainder of the day” along with her. Barney stated she knowledgeable him that she had issues to do and requested Drayton the place she must drop him off.
After they were given to the park the place Drayton asked to head, Barney stated he requested her if she may just see them getting again in combination someday.
“I used to be like, ‘No, in no way,'” Barney stated. “I stated, ‘I instructed you this again and again. It is not like I led you on. I am doing the precise factor. I instructed you, like, I simply do not need to be with you at this level not more. I simply would not have time for little video games. Let’s simply separate, be pals. We will be able to hang around time to time.'”
Drayton then “were given quiet” sooner than announcing “OK” and exiting the auto, Barney stated. He then started digging in his wallet sooner than he allegedly lunged at her, she stated.
“And that’s the reason when he simply checked out me within the automotive after which jumped throughout, had either one of his knees on best of my knees whilst my seat belt was once nonetheless on,” she stated, including that Drayton by some means driven her tools into park sooner than he tried to strangle her.
Barney claims Drayton instructed her over and over, “I am gonna kill you.”
Barney stated she went into “survivor mode,” sooner than clicking the button to unlock her seat belt and opening the driving force’s facet door. Drayton then allegedly took one hand off of her neck in an try to shut the door, however Barney stated she “threw” herself outdoor of the auto.
Drayton then allegedly hopped outdoor of the auto at the passenger facet, however Barney stated sooner than Drayton may just get to her, 3 manufacturing facility staff approached her, asking if she was once OK.
The employees then chased Drayton off after he saved “charging towards” her, Barney stated. Drayton’s closing phrases to her had been, “I am gonna kill you,” she alleged.
Police then arrived at the scene and noticed that Barney had swelling on her neck, she stated. She says she refused clinical consideration, telling officials she simply sought after to get to her son at his day care however allow them to her accidents and write a file.
After selecting up her son, police escorted Barney house so she may just select up some assets and power to a pal’s space — a location that Drayton did not find out about, she stated.
Barney stated she nonetheless has a mark on her throat from the place Drayton allegedly dug his thumb into her.
Barney claims each day after that, Drayton would name her, vacillating between apologizing and allegedly threatening her in voicemails.
“You saved seein’ other personalities throughout the voicemail,” she stated.
Police arrested and jailed Drayton days after he allegedly assaulted Barney, she stated. She did not know that he were launched from prison in New York till closing week when the NYPD introduced that he’d been arrested on other fees in California and was once a suspect within the homicide of a nurse in Queens, New York.
Barney says nobody on the police division or district lawyer’s workplace reached out to let her know Drayton were launched.
She then turned into scared for her the security of her son, whom Drayton had spent an excellent period of time round, she stated. Barney’s son would even name Drayton “Dada” now and again, she stated.
The NYPD didn’t in an instant reply to ABC Information’ request for touch upon Barney’s case.
Drayton, who’s from New Haven, Connecticut, was once arrested in Los Angeles on July 24 for allegedly sexually assaulting and seeking to kill a girl there, NYPD officers introduced after the arrest.
He was once apprehended in North Hollywood whilst allegedly strangling and sexually assaulting a 28-year-old girl whom he refused to let depart after a date, consistent with the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Administrative center.
Drayton were sought after in New York as a suspect within the homicide of a nurse, who was once discovered lifeless in her house in early July, the NYPD stated.
The “not unusual denominator in those circumstances — one being a homicide and one being a rape — is relationship web sites,” NYPD Leader of Detectives Dermot Shea stated closing week. “This particular person is understood to us and believed via us to be the usage of relationship web sites to fulfill ladies and victimize ladies.”
In California, Drayton was once charged with tried homicide, forcible rape, sexual penetration via overseas object and false imprisonment, Los Angeles prosecutors stated. His bail was once set at $1.25 million.
Since in police custody, Drayton has claimed to have murdered as much as seven ladies national — all of whom he stated he met on social media, police assets instructed ABC Information.
Drayton has claimed that 3 of the murders happened in New York, the police assets stated, despite the fact that no proof has emerged to validate Drayton’s claims.
ABC Information’ Cathy Becker, Aaron Katersky, Meghan Keneally and Emily Shapiro contributed to this file.