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By Minyvonne Burke and Ron Allen
The ex-boyfriend of a New York woman found dead in a suitcase that was dumped on the side of a Connecticut road has been arrested, police said Tuesday.
The 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody in Queens, New York, on Monday night for using a debit card belonging to Valerie Reyes, 24, who was reported missing by her family on Jan. 30, according to police.
Her body, with her hands and feet bound, was found by highway workers last week inside red luggage left on a road in the wealthy town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
“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,” Greenwich police said.
A cause of death for Reyes, who was from New Rochelle, is still pending.
The last time family members heard from Reyes was on Jan. 28, police in New Rochelle said. Reyes, who family said suffered from depression and panic attacks, lived in the area with her father.
Norma Reyes said during one of the last phone calls with her daughter, Valerie Reyes said she was in “fear for my life” and thought someone was going to harm her.
“We don’t even understand. The only thing that’s weird is she was frightened for her life and then somebody ends up taking” her life, Norma Reyes said.
Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Ron Allen is an NBC News correspondent based in New York.