The ex-boyfriend of the 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road in Greenwich, Connecticut, last week, has been arrested for allegedly killing her, PEOPLE confirms.
"Together with our partners from the Greenwich and New Rochelle Police Departments, we were able to swiftly identify Javier Da Silva, an alleged murderer, and place him behind bars", FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said.
Javier de Silva, 24, was arrested Monday night in Queens, New York, police told ABC News.
'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.
"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, " Berry said in a written statement.
The aspiring tattoo artist disappeared one day after telling her mum that "somebody is going to murder me". "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".
Captain Berry said: "This entire investigation has been a herculean effort from the very beginning, from the initial officers on scene to all the work of all the detectives chasing down numerous leads".
A week-long search ended with a grisly discovery on the side of a highway in Greenwich, Connecticut last Tuesday.
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"She said, "Mami, his mother has cancer and I want to support him.' She was an angel like that", Reyes" mother, Norma Sanchez said.
Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, N.Y., since it opened 2 1/2 years ago, according to the bookstore chain.
Valerie Reyes was found dead inside a suitcase. "I just feel so blessed, overwhelmed".
Several items were missing from Reyes' apartment, police said.
'I'm anxious someone is going to murder me, ' Reyes then allegedly blurted out.
"What zeroed us in, and the investigators from New Rochelle, was from the timeline we established, we believe she was already deceased and we saw continued ATM [bank] activity", Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry told reporters Tuesday, the Greenwich Free Press reported.
Reyes was identified last week as the person whose body was found jammed into a piece of luggage abandoned in upscale Greenwich, Conn. Reyes' cause of death was not immediately clear. "And she said, 'No, '" Sanchez said.