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.
New Rochelle police later said Reyes' ex-boyfriend, Javier de Silva, 24, was the person arrested.
CNN reported Reyes dealing with anxiety and depression and becoming scared for her life after her most recent ex-boyfriend (not da Silva) moved out of her apartment.
Da Silva reportedly told investigators he taped her mouth and put her inside the suitcase where a road worker later found her body.
Captain Robert Berry says investigators "zeroed in" on suspect Javier DeSilva after he allegedly used victim Valerie Reyes's ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.
'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, ' the police statement said.
Correction: This story has been corrected to show that police in Greenwich announced the arrest but did not make it and to reflect the defendant's name as it is provided in court documents.
Police also said autopsy reports confirming Reyes' cause of death are pending.
Social media footprints were also analyzed, Berry said.
New Rochelle and Greenwich police, were assisted in the investigation by the FBI, the FBI's Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, Westchester County police, Westchester County District Attorney's Office, and the Westchester County Real Time Crime Center.
The victim predicted her killing, telling her mother on the phone that she feared she'd be killed on January 28, a day before she disappeared. They say he said he then tied her and put her in a suitcase. "She just mentioned, 'I'm really, really scared. I'm paranoid, mummy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".
Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.
Reyes' mother said that Reyes supported da Silva while his mother was dying of cancer. It's 10 miles away from the NY border of her Westchester County home. DeSilva is a native of Venezuela and "has been in the country illegally since overstaying his visa", CBS New York reported, citing sources. "And she said, 'No, '" Sanchez said, according to the Journal News.
"My daughter was a good soul", she said.
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