Mounds View man charged with third-degree murder after woman he met on Tinder fatally overdosed from ‘date-rape’ drug, charges say – Twin Cities | #tinder | #pof


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A Mounds View man was charged with murder after a woman he met on Tinder fatally overdosed on a narcotic he gave her that is commonly referred to as the “date-rape” drug, authorities say.

Edward Antonio Zappa, 38, was charged with third-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined that Thea Renae Toles, 43, died of toxicity caused by Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid, an illegal drug commonly found in liquid form, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Ramsey County District Court.

Edward Zappa

The substance has several street names, including “G,” “GHB” “Liquid X,” and “Liquid Ecstasy,” and can cause “hallucinations .. euphoria, drowsiness, decreased anxiety, confusion and memory impairment,” the latter of which led to its use as a “date-rape” drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s web site.

It’s also used as a club and party drug.

Toles’ family could not be immediately reached for comment.

Police responded to Zappa’s Mounds View home last Nov. 29 after he called 911 to report that the woman was not breathing, the complaint said. Toles was pronounced dead at the scene.

He reportedly told officers that the two had spent the night together and that he wasn’t aware of any drugs that she may have taken and police didn’t find any injection sites on her body.

Text messages recovered on his cell phone and computer files told a different story, the complaint said.

Police found a text exchange between the two from the following day that indicated that Toles had reached out to Zappa to get together while Zappa was celebrating Thanksgiving with family, charges say.

He told her to go to his house and wait until he got home, adding in a later text that Toles should wait for him in his bedroom and that he had “some g, similar to alcohol” to share with her, the complaint said.

They found other texts between Zappa and others indicating that Zappa used the substance and “provided it to others,” charges say.

The Internet history on his computer also revealed searches related to pupil dilation from GHB as well as how long someone could remain passed out after ingesting it.

While general toxicity testing performed during Tole’s autopsy failed to find illegal drugs in her system, GHB detection requires “expanded testing,” authorities say.

Law enforcement ordered the additional testing after discovering the cell and computer records, and found 340 mcg/ml of the substance in her system at the time of her death.

Comments from the lab indicated that GHB levels greater than 260 mcg/ml can cause “deep sleep or coma,” charges say.

Zappa’s criminal record includes several felonies, including convictions for first and second-degree burglary, domestic assault involving strangulation and second-degree assault.

He was on probation at the time of the incident, authorities say.

Zappa’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 25. His public defender could not be immediately reached for comment.


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