Bronx Livery Cab Driver Killed Girlfriend, Stuffed Body in the Trash: Cops

The woman's body was found on Walton Avenue in Mount Eden

By Brynn Gingras
|  Monday, Jul 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:30 AM PDT
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A livery cab driver has been charged after police say he killed his traffic agent girlfriend and stuffed her body in the trash can of a Bronx apartment. Brynn Gingras reports.

A livery cab driver has been charged after police say he killed his traffic agent girlfriend and stuffed her body in the trash can of a Bronx apartment. Brynn Gingras reports.

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A livery cab driver has been arrested after he allegedly killed his traffic agent girlfriend and stuffed her body in the trash can of a Bronx apartment, possibly in a fit of jealous rage, according to police sources.

Police arrested 52-year-old Moises Martinez in the killing of 29-year-old Yajaira Reyes, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed head-first in a trash can in the couple's Walton Avenue apartment in Mount Eden early Sunday. 

Martinez told investigators after he was arrested that his girlfriend was having an affair, according to police sources. The couple has several children together, though they are believed to be out of town.

Authorities towed Martinez's car from near the Bronx apartment after he was spotted carrying items to it Sunday, according to police sources. He worked in the Bronx as a livery cab driver for Diplo First Class Car Service for about three years, according to Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. The car company had no comment on Martinez's arrest.

Reyes was a traffic enforcement officer with the NYPD, police sources said.  

Martinez's building superintendent, Jesus Ulloa, said in Spanish he never noticed issues or indications of domestic problems with the couple. Neighbors said Martinez and Reyes lived in the neighborhood for only a few months. 

Martinez faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

An autopsy on Reyes' body is scheduled for Monday. 

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