A Utah man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly confessed to murdering a woman he met earlier that evening on the dating app Tinder.
Ethan Hunsaker, 24, went out to a local bar with 25-year-old Ashlyn Black shortly after meeting her online around 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to arrest documents acquired by local outlet KUTV.
After a few drinks, they went to Hunsaker’s home in Layton, Utah — a three-bedroom house that Hunsaker had not yet furnished. They engaged in “intimate relations” on the floor and fell asleep together, according to the documents.
Around 3 a.m., Hunsaker woke up — and allegedly began strangling his date.
He choked Black “as hard as he could for about a minute,” he allegedly told officers, but she fought back, hitting Hunsaker in the neck, arms, and shoulders. Hunsaker said he ran into the kitchen and returned with a four-inch, spring-loaded pocket knife, according to the documents. He then said he knelt over Black and repeatedly stabbed her in the chest, sides and back.
After allegedly watching her bleed out for about 10 minutes, he called the police and confessed he murdered her. He told dispatchers he wanted officers to kill him when they got there. Police arrived at the scene at 3:19 a.m., and Black was pronounced dead. Hunsaker told officers that he struggles daily with thoughts of suicide and murder, according to arrest documents.
Investigators believe the attack was “unprovoked,” according to a press release from the Layton Police Department.
Black’s family released a statement Monday in response to their loved one’s death.
“A monster has taken away the life of our little girl in a crime as senseless as it was evil,” the statement reads. “Our hearts are broken and our lives are forever changed.”
Hunsaker is being held without bail. It is unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
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