Ex-Boyfriend Arrested in Connection with Murder of New York Woman Found in Suitcase: Reports

An arrest has been made in the case of the 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road in Greenwich, Connecticut, last week, PEOPLE confirms.

On Tuesday, the Greenwich Police issued a press release stating that detectives from their department and from the police department in New Rochelle, New York, had arrested a suspect who had fraudulently used an ATM card belonging to the victim, Valerie Reyes.

“The arrested individual is also believed to be involved in the death of Valerie,” the release says.

On Feb. 5, Reyes’ body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a wooded area of Greenwich, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a press conference.

Her hands and feet had been bound, he said.

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While authorities haven’t yet officially named the suspect they arrested, multiple outlets including USA Today, the Greenwich Time and the Journal News and local TV station WABC have reported that police arrested Reyes’ ex-boyfriend, Javier DeSilva, 24, in Queens, on Monday night.

DeSilva is expected to be charged with federal crimes and prosecuted by the Southern District of New York, WABC reports.

Additional information on the suspect and charges will be released by the New Rochelle Police Department, according to the release.

DeSilva and Reyes broke up four days before she disappeared, police said.

Autopsy results are still pending, say police.

Eerie Premonitions

On the night of Jan. 28, the last time Reyes’ mother, Norma Sanchez spoke to her daughter, the panicked young woman told her she felt scared that something bad was going to happen to her, the Journal News, local news station WABC and The New York Times reported.

Reyes lived alone in a basement apartment in New Rochelle and suffered at times from anxiety and depression, WABC reported.

Her ex-boyfriend had just moved out, the Journal News reported.

“She was going on about how frightened she was in that apartment,” Sanchez said on Thursday, the Times reports.

During that call, Reyes was “very scared,” Sanchez said, the Journal News reports. “She just said, ‘I’m scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks.’ She was having a hard time talking.”

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“I asked her, ‘Why do you feel this way? Was there someone at your house?’ I asked about her ex-boyfriend. And she said, ‘No,’” Sanchez said, according to the Journal News.

Then she told her mom, “I feel like somebody’s going to murder me,” the Times reports.

During a Thursday night candlelight vigil for her daughter in New Rochelle, Sanchez, addressing the killer, said, “My daughter did not deserve whatever you did to her,” the Journal News reports.

“My daughter was a good soul,” she said. “You will get caught.”

Reyes’ funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

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