Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ The ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in Connecticut is 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 woman’s body was found inside a suitcase discarded on the side of a Connecticut road. Da Silva Rojas was arrested in Queens, New York, on Monday. A defense lawyer did not immediately comment.
Federal authorities say Da Silva Rojas 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.
This story has been corrected to reflect the defendant’s name as it is provided in court documents.
Police say they have arrested 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.
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 says invesigators “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. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.
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.
Police say an arrest has been made in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in Connecticut.
The suspect is accused of using Valerie Reyes’ ATM card. The New Rochelle, New York, woman’s remains were found Feb. 5 in a wooded section of Greenwich.
Police in Greenwich said Tuesday they believe the suspect was involved in Reyes’ death. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.
Reyes had been reported missing on Jan. 30 when she did not show up for work at a bookstore. Officials said her hands and feet were bound when her body was found by highway workers.
Police say they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.