Ex-boyfriend of woman found dead in suitcase held without bail

Valerie Reyes 24 of New Rochelle New York was a good soul her mother said the Journal News reports

Valerie Reyes 24 of New Rochelle New York"was a good soul" her mother said the Journal News reports Greenwich Police

'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.

Javier de Silva, 24, was arrested Monday night in Queens, New York, police told ABC News.

Javier da Silva's arrest follows police discovering the ex boyfriend from Queens having fraudulently used Reyes' ATM card in NY the Westchester Journal News reports. Her body was found days later stuffed in a suitcase off a busy road.

Her hands and feet had been bound, he said.

On the night of January 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. The night before, she made a frantic, prophetic phone call to her mother declaring: "I'm scared. I was praying her family would have her back", neighbor Brenda DeGiacomo said.

Police said previously that Reyes did not die at the location where she was found, but they did not know where she was killed. "I just feel so blessed, overwhelmed".

The suspect is accused of using Valerie Reyes' ATM card. "I'm paranoid, mummy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".

The arrest of Da Silva followed the examination of multiple crime scenes and hundreds of hours of surveillance footage as well as numerous interviews with potential witnesses, police said. After driving for some time, he abandoned the suitcase in a forest, Da Silva told investigators.

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"She was very scared, very frightened", Sanchez told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

Services for Reyes were held on Tuesday in New Rochelle.

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

Investigators "saw continued ATM activity and that's what zeroed us in", Berry said. It's 10 miles away from the NY border of her Westchester County home.

Several items were missing from Reyes' apartment, police said.

The chief medical examiner's office has completed an autopsy but has not yet released the cause and manner of Reyes' death.

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 said tips have been pouring in with leads in her horrific and sudden slaying. She said that her daughter feared that she would be murdered.

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