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

Police have reportedly arrested the boyfriend of Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, whose body was found inside a suitcase

Valerie Reyes. Photo: Greenwich Police

The ex-boyfriend 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, has been arrested for allegedly killing her, PEOPLE confirms.

Javier DeSilva, 24, was arrested in Queens Monday night for allegedly murdering Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a press conference Tuesday.

DeSilva “is charged with one count of kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a sentence of death or life imprisonment,” Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York confirms to PEOPLE.

DeSilva was arrested after he fraudulently used an ATM card belonging to the victim, Valerie Reyes, Berry said.

Investigators “saw continued ATM activity and that’s what zeroed us in,” Berry said.

During questioning, DeSilva allegedly “admitted his role” in murdering Reyes, he said.

Reyes’ body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a wooded area of Greenwich on Feb. 5.

Her hands and feet had been bound, he said.

Greenwich Police

On Tuesday, DeSilva appeared before a federal magistrate in White Plains who ordered him held without bail, ABC News reports.

He did not enter a plea.

He remains in federal custody, Biase tells PEOPLE.

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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