Police on Tuesday reportedly arrested a man who previously dated Valerie Reyes, the woman whose body – bound at the hands and feet – was discovered last week stuffed into alarge red suitcasedumped on a roadside in an affluent Connecticut town.
The Greenwich Police Department announced the arrest of an individual “believed to be involved” in Reyes’ death. That same person had also “fraudulently used the ATM card” that belonged to her.
Sources toldCBS New York the man arrested is Javier da Silva of Flushing, N.Y., who previously had a relationship with the victim. Da Silva is a native of Venezuela and “has been in the country illegally since overstaying his visa,” CBS reported, citing sources.
A source told the TV station the 24-year-old New Rochelle woman was “killed at her residence” and the ex-boyfriend “has made admissions to investigators.” The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York is handling the case.
Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, was identified as the body found in a suitcase in Greenwich, Conn., police said.
(Family photo/Greenwich Police Department via AP)
Reyes was identified last week as the person whose body was found jammed into a piece of luggage abandoned in upscale Greenwich, Conn. Reyes’ cause of death was not immediately clear.
Reyes’ mother, Norma Sanchez, said her daughter — who reportedly battled depression and anxiety — became paranoid shortly before disappearing. She was last seen Jan. 29 and reported missing the next day.
“She was very scared, very frightened,” Sanchez told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. “She didn’t mention anything or no one specific. She just said, ‘I’m scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks.’ She was having a hard time talking.”
Though she reportedly never told her mom who she feared, Sanchez said Reyes was clear about what she feared, telling her mom: “’I’m afraid someone is going to murder me.”
Said Sanchez: “We wonder, ‘Who made her feel this way?'”
Reyes, who worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y., planned to train to become a tattoo artist and liked to sing.
A service is scheduled for Tuesday night in New Rochelle.