Portugal national, Javier Da Silva, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Reyes, 24, who was found dead beside a Greenwich road earlier this month.
The 24-year-old man holds both Portuguese and Venezuelan passports as revealed by federal authorities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said he came to the US in 2017 via the Visa Waiver Program. Under this program, citizens of some countries can enter the US on business and tourism purpose for a maximum of 90 days without the necessity of obtaining visas.
Rachael Yong Yow, ICE spokeswoman, said the accused failed to leave the country within the time frame permitted under the visa program he is. Therefore he is not in the US legally, and the agency wants that the accused handed over to them when released from criminal custody for immediate removal from the country.
Da Silva’s situation will add more credence to the claims anti-immigration camp who are pointing to immigration as the reason for increased crime rate though studies have shown that such claims are not true, stating that foreigners are not involved in higher crime rates compared to native-born.
When responding to questions about the death of a woman he once dated, Da Silva told federal authorities that he was having sex with her in her residence on January 29 when she fell and hit her head on the ground. He thereafter put her in a suitcase after placing packaging tape over her mouth and binding her hands and legs.
The suitcase was later on Greenwich road, and Da Silva now faces a federal crime of kidnap leading to death.
He was arrested when he withdrew money from a New Rochelle bank branch with Reyes’ debit card.
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