Charges: Mounds View man gave Tinder date a drug that killed her | #tinder | #pof


A Mounds View man is charged with murder, accused of giving a woman he met on Tinder a date-rape drug that killed her. 

Edward Antonio Zappa, 38, of Mounds View, is charged with first-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder in connection to 43-year-old Thea Renae Toles’ death in November 2019. 

According to the criminal complaint, Zappa met Toles on Tinder, and on Thanksgiving Day 2019 they were texting about getting together. 

Zappa told Toles he was at a Thanksgiving dinner, but she could go to his house and wait for him there. She went to the house and waited while they continued texting, the complaint said. Zappa said he’d pick up some “smokes” and said, “I’ve got some ‘g’ similar to alcohol.”

G is short for GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid), a controlled substance known as the date-rape drug. It’s often in liquor form, mixed in a beverage, and it can cause hallucinations, euphoria, drowsiness, excited and aggressive behavior, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

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