Valerie Reyes New Rochelle

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Ex-boyfriend arrested in murder of woman found in suitcase

February 12, 2019 - 11:12 am
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GREENWICH, CT (1010 WINS) -- An arrest has been made in the death of a woman who was found stuffed inside of a suitcase in Greenwich.

Reyes was found dead on February 5, after being reported missing by her family.

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On Tuesday morning, police in Greenwich and New Rochelle announced that they had arrested one of Reyes' former boyfriends. Reports say that suspect it Javier De Silva of Queens. He's originally from Venezuela and remained in the country after his visa expired, reports say.

Investigators "zeroed in'' on DeSilva after he allegedly used Reyes' ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death, Capt. Robert Berry said.

DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in New York on Tuesday. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

"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,'' Berry said in a written statement.

WCBS-TV reports the suspect is not her most recent ex-boyfriend. The man turned himself in on Monday night, and made admissions to police.

Cops say the suspect fraudulently used a credit card belonging to Reyes.

After Reyes' body was found, her mother recalled the last conversation that she had with her daughter.

"She was just really scared, very frightened," her mother, Norma Sanchez said.

Reyes told her mother she was afraid someone was going to kill her.

Sanchez told reporters that her daughter didn't mention being afraid of an particular person.

At a vigil last week, friends and loved ones expressed shock at her murder.

"Horrified. Absolutely horrified,'' said Lauren Bradford, 19. "I'm just like totally shocked. She was a confidant. She really encouraged me and my aspirations. She had a really bright future. She was really excited about her art and her goals.''

Her mother said she's committed to getting justice for her daughter.

“Whoever did this is going to pay,” Sanchez said. “My daughter didn’t deserve whatever you did to her. You will get what you deserve.”

Greenwich Police said the New Rochelle Police Department will release further information on the suspect and charges.