- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in Connecticut is held without bail on charges carrying a potential death penalty.

Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas was detained Tuesday in the death of Valerie Reyes after a federal court appearance in White Plains, New York.

The victim’s body was found inside a suitcase discarded on the side of a Connecticut road. Da Silva was arrested in Queens, New York, on Monday. A lawyer for Da Silva did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Federal authorities say Da Silva told authorities that Reyes fell to the floor and hit her head after they had sex on Jan. 29 at her residence. They say he said he then tied her and put her in a suitcase.

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