'New Rochelle Police Detectives accompanied by Greenwich Police Detectives, arrested a suspect in NY who had fraudulently used the ATM card of homicide victim Valerie Reyes.
Prosecutors said that Da Silva, reportedly Reyes' ex-boyfriend, bound her by her legs and hands, put packing tape over her mouth, put her in a suitcase, and drove to Greenwich where he dumped her body.
Greenwich police Capt. Robert Berry said in a statement that detectives arrested a suspect in NY who had illegally used Reyes' ATM card. He said he then bound her and put her in the suitcase before placing her in his vehicle which was rented through a car-sharing service under his name. Sanchez said the family isn't sure why she traveled to the city and it now appears that the card was actually used by Silva.
According to the complaint, which said "disposed of her body, resulting in the death of the victim", it is unclear when Reyes died, before or after being put in the suitcase. "I asked about her ex-boyfriend".
Pictured Valerie Reyes mother, Norma Sanchez. "I'm paranoid. I'm getting anxiety attacks".
The aspiring tattoo artist disappeared one day after telling her mum that "somebody is going to murder me". The person who had rented the vehicle on that same date was Da Silva, the complaint said.
Javier Da Silva, of Queens, admitted during an interview with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that he did bound and put Reyes, a New Rochelle resident, in a suitcase and leave it in a wooded area, said a criminal complaint filed in White Plains Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
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.
Law enforcement sources told the Greenwich Time that de Silva is an ex-boyfriend of Reyes.
Reyes, who worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y., planned to train to become a tattoo artist and liked to sing.
When found, the complaint said Reyes was barefoot with an unbuttoned shirt and denim jeans.
A search of her home turned up a drawing by Reyes that matched the social media profile of Da Silva. It's 10 miles away from the NY border of her Westchester County home.
The chief medical examiner's office has completed an autopsy but has not yet released the cause and manner of Reyes' death.
"My daughter was a good soul", she said. "And she said, "No", Norma said, referring to her daughter's former partner who it's believed she separated from on January 24.