Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase

Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase

The ex-boyfriend of a missing New Rochelle woman found dead in a suitcase in CT has been arrested and is likely connected to her death, police said Tuesday.

Javier DeSilva, 24, was arrested in Queens Monday night for allegedly murdering Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a press conference Tuesday.

Javier de Silva was arrested on February 12, a week after the suitcase was found in Greenwich.

Her body was found stuffed in a suitcase and bound hand and foot.

"Together with our partners from the Greenwich and New Rochelle Police Departments, we were able to swiftly identify Javier Da Silva, an alleged murderer, and place him behind bars", FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said.

"We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy". "Additional information on the suspect and charges will be released by the New Rochelle Police Department", he said late Tuesday morning.

Investigators "saw continued ATM activity and that's what zeroed us in", Berry said.

CBS New York reports that the suspect is originally from Venezuela but had remained in the US illegally since the expiration of his visa. "I was praying her family would have her back", said Brenda DeGiacomo. The night before, she made a frantic, prophetic phone call to her mother declaring: "I'm scared".

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Autopsy results are still pending, say police. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".

"She was scared, very frightened", her mother Norma Sanchez told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News last week.

"I'm afraid someone is going to murder me", she recalled her daughter saying.

Reyes, a 2012 graduate of New Rochelle High School, worked at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester.

Vernon Geberth, a retired NYPD lieutenant-commander, told the Greenwich Time that he believes the boyfriend crossed state lines, that the suitcase killing was 'interpersonal, ' and suggested Reyes knew her killer and that the killing did not appear to be the work of a serial killer.

When found, the complaint said Reyes was barefoot with an unbuttoned shirt and denim jeans.

Sanchez said that she tried to pinpoint the source of her daughter's anxiety but failed.

On Thursday a candlelit vigil was held in Reyes' memory and on Tuesday a service is scheduled in New Rochelle. "She didn't mention no one specific", Sanchez said.

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