Arrest made in case of woman found dead in suitcase

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the investigation into the death of a New York woman found in a suitcase in Connecticut: (all times local):

Valerie Reyes, a 24-year-old woman from New York who was found dead in a suitcase in Connecticut | Image Source: NYPD Midtown North / MGN

6:40 p.m.

The ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in Connecticut is being held without bail on charges carrying a potential death penalty.

Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas was detained Tuesday in the death of Valerie Reyes after a federal court appearance in White Plains, New York.

The victim's body was found inside a suitcase discarded on the side of a Connecticut road. Da Silva was arrested in Queens, New York, on Monday. A lawyer for Da Silva did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Federal authorities say Da Silva told authorities that Reyes fell to the floor and hit her head after they had sex on Jan. 29 at her residence. They say he said he then tied her and put her in a suitcase.

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4:15 p.m.

The ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase that had been discarded on the side of a Connecticut road has been arrested.

Greenwich police on Tuesday identified the suspect in the killing of Valerie Reyes as Javier DeSilva, who was arrested in Queens, New York.

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

DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in New York on Tuesday.

Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York, had been reported missing on Jan. 30 when she did not show up for work. Officials said her hands and feet were bound when her body was found by highway workers on Feb. 5.



 
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