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Illegal immigrant ex-boyfriend arrested in death of New York woman found stuffed in trunk, report says

connectVideoWoman ‘ s body found tied in a bag in a prosperous city, Connecticut

Police on Tuesday reportedly arrested a man who had previously dated Valerie Reyes, the woman who the body – tied to hands and feet, was discovered last week stuffed in a big red suitcase and dumped on a roadside in a prosperous city Connecticut.

The Greenwich Police Department announced the arrest of an individual “believed to be involved” in the Reyes’ death. That one and the same person also had “fraudulently used the debit card” that belonged to her.

NEW YORK WOMAN, 24, PREDICTED HER MURDER IS FOUND IN A SUITCASE IN A PROSPEROUS CITY, CONNECTICUT, MOM SAYS

Sources told CBS New York the man arrested is Javier da Silva of Flushing, new york, who previously had a relationship with the victim. Da Silva is a native of Venezuela and is in the country illegally since overstaying his visa,” CBS reported, citing sources.

A source told the TV station the 24-year-old New Rochelle woman was “slain in her home.” The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York is the handling of the case.

Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, was identified as the body found in a suitcase in Greenwich, Conn., according to the police.
(Family photo/Greenwich Police department via AP)

Reyes was identified last week as the person whose body was found jammed in a piece of luggage left in upscale Greenwich, Conn. Reyes’ cause of death was not immediately clear.

Reyes’ mother, Norma Sanchez, said her daughter-who reportedly battled depression and anxiety — became paranoid shortly before he disappeared. She was last seen Jan. 29 and reported missing the next day.

VALERIE REYES, GREENWICH MURDER VICTIM, DESCRIBED AS A ‘HOMEBODY’ AND THE ‘MOST GENTLE MAID’

“She was very afraid, very very afraid,” Sanchez told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. “They had nothing or no one specific. She said only: ‘I’m afraid. I am paranoid, mom. I am getting anxiety attacks.’ She had a hard time talking.”

Although she reportedly never told her mother, that she was afraid, Sanchez said Reyes was clear about what she was afraid, and told her mother: “‘I am afraid that someone is going to murder me.”

Said Sanchez: “We ask ourselves,” Who is her feel this way?'”

Reyes, who worked in a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N. Y., planned to train to become a tattoo artist and like to sing.

A service is planned for Tuesday night in New Rochelle.

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