Police Have Announced an Arrest in Suitcase Murder of Valerie Reyes


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 a large red suitcase dumped on a roadside in an affluent CT town.

It had been reported that Reyes broke up with her boyfriend on January 24, but Sanchez said she asked her daughter she was afraid of her ex that night and she said no. Reporters clarify that Reyes' most recent boyfriend has not been charged, but da Silva has also been identified as an ex-boyfriend.

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

Da Silva reportedly told investigators he taped her mouth and put her inside the suitcase where a road worker later found her body.

The suspect is accused of using an ATM card belonging to Valerie Reyes of New Rochelle, New York, and is also believed to have been involved in her death, police in Greenwich said. Greenwich police said in a statement.

He's charged with committing a "gruesome kidnapping" that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.

Captain Berry said: "This entire investigation has been a herculean effort from the very beginning, from the initial officers on scene to all the work of all the detectives chasing down numerous leads".

De Silva was arrested in NY and the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan will reportedly handle the prosecution of the crime.

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

In their last conversation with each other, Sanchez said that Reyes told her she had feared for her life and that she thought someone was going to murder her. "I'm paranoid. I'm getting anxiety attacks". "I was praying her family would have her back", said Brenda DeGiacomo.

Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened two-and-a-half years ago, according to the bookstore chain. "She just mentioned, 'I'm really, really scared".

She asked about her daughter's ex-boyfriend but still Reyes told her mother "no, it wasn't him".

Reyes' mother said that Reyes supported da Silva while his mother was dying of cancer.

The chief medical examiner's office has completed an autopsy but has not yet released the cause and manner of Reyes' death.

On Thursday a candlelit vigil was held in Reyes' memory and on Tuesday a service is scheduled in New Rochelle.