NEW ROCHELLE, NY (The Daily Mail) – 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.
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 on February 5.
Reyes had reportedly dumped Rojas a week before she went missing, though her mother told police that the pair hadn’t been seeing each other for a year, according to the New York Post.
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.
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.