Murdered woman, Valerie Reyes ex boyfriend, Queens man, Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas denies murdering New Rochelle woman after caught using her ATM card.
Javier da Silva‘s arrest follows police discovering the ex boyfriend from Queens having fraudulently used Reyes’ ATM card in New York the Westchester Journal News reports where he took out up to $1000.
The investigation reportedly included watching more than 100 hours of surveillance video, social media analysis, and witness interviews.
Of note, CBS reported the boyfriend being a Venezuelan citizen being in the country illegally after having overstayed his visa.
A source told the news outlet that Reyes was ‘killed at her residence’ and the ex-boyfriend denying having murdered Reyes.
Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas (as he was fully known) upon his arrest Tuesday told police that Reyes died after falling and hitting her head while the pair were having sex.
Investigators say Rojas admits he then bound her hands and feet, put packing tape over her mouth, forced her body into a case, and abandoned it.
Vernon Geberth, a retired NYPD lieutenant-commander, told the Greenwich Time that he believes the boyfriend crossed state lines, that the suitcase killing was ‘interpersonal,’ and suggested Reyes knew her killer and that the killing did not appear to be the work of a serial killer.
Geberth also speculated that the killing was a crime of passion, given the manner of the way Reyes was disposed. He said, ‘Every suitcase body I ever had they were known to each other, with the exception of the Mafia,’ calling it an ‘interpersonal type’ of killing.
Valerie Reyes mother: My daughter feared that she would be murdered.
Of disconcert- the victim’s mother Norma Sanchez recalled having a conversation with her daughter the night before she disappeared. She said that her daughter feared that she would be murdered.
‘She didn’t mention anything. She didn’t mention no one specific,’ Sanchez said. ‘She just mentioned, ‘I’m really, really scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks.’’
‘I’m afraid someone is going to murder me,’ she recalled her daughter saying.
The girlfriend’s murder followed Reyes breaking up with DeSilva on Jan. 24.
According to Sanchez- the mother asked her daughter if she was afraid of her ex that with the daughter saying no.
CNN reported Reyes dealing with anxiety and depression and becoming scared for her life after her most recent ex-boyfriend (not da Silva) moved out of her apartment. At the time, Reyes was living in a basement apartment in Rochelle, New York, and was scared to be there alone.
Reyes was seen for the last time on Jan. 29 and was found days later in a suitcase on the side of a Greenwich, Connecticut road. NYPD sent out an alert on Jan. 31 reporting Valerie Reyes as missing.