The alleged ‘Suitcase killer’ Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas claims she died when she hit her head during one last sex romp
Rojas, 24, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela is charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend Valerie Reyes in New Rochelle, NY and dumping the body in Greenwich Ct
Police say Rojas an illegal immigrant with dual citizenship in Venezuela and Portugal has admitted dumping her body but denied murdering her
Instead, he claims she fell and hit her head while the pair were having sex
The suspect admitted that he DID bind and gag her before dumping her body in a suitcase on a lonely Connecticut road
Reyes went missing from her home in New Rochelle, NY, on Jan 30 before her remains were found Feb 5
Police tracked Rojas down after he was caught using her bank card at an ATM
Reyes expressed fears someone would kill her the day before she disappeared
Murder suspect and alleged victim: Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, [left], admitted stuffing ex-girlfriend [right]Valerie Reyes’ body into a suitcase, transporting and dumping it a state away in Connecticut,
The first picture has emerged of the illegal immigrant accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her body into a suitcase as police say he admitted dumping her remains but has denied murder.
Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, 24, is accused of murdering Valerie Reyes, also 24, in New Rochelle, New York, before tying her up, stuffing her into a case, then leaving it by the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Rojas was arrested at his condo on Tuesday and police say he told them that Reyes died after falling and hitting her head while the pair were having sex.
An image taken from his Instagram account shows the pair side by side in a CVS pharmacy a year ago.
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.
Rojas, an illegal immigrant with joint Venezuelan-Portuguese citizenship who was staying in Queens, was arrested Tuesday after police say he tried to use Reyes’ bank card to withdraw $1,000 from an ATM.
Reyes was reported missing on January 30 when she failed to turn up for work, before her body was found a week later, on February 5.
A source told CBS that Reyes was ‘killed at her residence’.
The arrest followed the police investigation of multiple crime scenes, reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance footage, and interviews multiple potential witnesses, the Greenwich Police Department said in a press release on Tuesday.
Missing person: Valerie Reyes is seen in photo issued by the NYPD while officers were searching for her after she was reported missing Jan 30
In a press conference on Tuesday Greenwich Police said that de Silva confessed to playing a role in the murder when he was questioned following his arrest.
He was described as being cooperative during his interview.
The investigation into Reyes’ death is ongoing as Capt. Berry said ‘there’s a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up’ during the conference.
De Silva was arrested in New York and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan will reportedly handle the prosecution of the crime.
Reyes was reported missing after she failed to show up to work on January 29 in New Rochelle, New York and her body was found on February 5 stuffed in a red suitcase.
The victim predicted her killing, telling her mother on the phone that she feared she’d be killed on January 28, a day before she disappeared.
Her body dumped in a quiet and somewhat isolated area of Glenville, a wealthy suburb of Greenwich, Ct
‘She was very scared, very frightened,’ Sanchez told The Journal News.
‘She didn’t mention anything or no one specific. She just said, ‘I’m scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks, She was having a hard time talking.’
Sanchez says she desperately tried to pry for more information, but her daughter refused to specify why she felt that way.
Reyes, a Barnes & Noble store clerk, had broken up with her boyfriend five days earlier, according to Sanchez.
‘I asked her why do you feel this way? Was there someone at your house?’ Reyes’ mother said.
She asked about her daughter’s ex-boyfriend but still Reyes told her mother ‘no, it wasn’t him’.
Reyes did however reveal that she didn’t feel safe alone in her apartment, and expressed her concern at the murders of young women in the state.
Her body was discovered six days later in a red suitcase on the side of a road in a wooded area of wealthy neighborhood Greenwich, Connecticut. It’s 10 miles away from the New York border of her Westchester County home.
The official cause of Reyes’ death has not been confirmed as the autopsy is pending.
Police said tips have been pouring in with leads in her horrific and sudden slaying.
The Greenwich Police Dept shared this statement on Tuesday following the arrest of Rojas
NYPD had put out this appeal before the body was found, out of state in Connecticut
Police said previously that Reyes did not die at the location where she was found, but they did not know where she was killed.
According to The Journal, Reyes had taken her iPad, iPhone, clothes and bed sheets with her when she disappeared.
Last week Thursday a candlelit vigil was held in Reyes’ memory. Her funeral was on Tuesday.