LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A man is accused of killing his business partner and hiding his body in the trunk of his car for weeks and even storing the car in a storage unit while the body decays, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police court documents.
Tony Danh, 37, is accused of killing Amir Haggi sometime in early June, according to LVMPD. Danh was arrested in San Diego County on September 29.
Haggi was reported missing in Phoenix on June 9 and was last seen on June 5. Haggi’s body was found August 19 in the trunk of a BMW at a Budget Suites on W. Tropicana Ave. 3655 spotted in Las Vegas Someone called 911 and reported a foul smell coming from the car.
The car was a white BMW with Arizona plates that was dropped off by an unidentified tow truck around 10:30 a.m. that morning. The BMW was listed on Haggi’s missing persons report but was registered on Danh with an address in Cerritos, California.
The windows were not tinted and officers saw garbage bags, medical gloves and a bottle of ammonia in the vehicle. In the trunk, officers found a “profusely decomposing human body” partially wrapped in garbage bags, court documents say. Investigators said the body was too decomposed to immediately determine gender, race, identity or injuries because it was temporarily named “Tropicana Road Doe.”
Detectives said Haggi co-owned a company, Elite360, with Danh. Danh was known to have a gambling problem and asked Haggi for money shortly before he disappeared, according to police. Haggi and Danh’s employees said they did not receive paychecks in the first week of June and have not been able to reach the couple since.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined that “Tropicana Road Doe” shared many physical similarities with Haggi. Haggi was positively identified as a victim on August 25. The coroner’s office said Haggi died from two gunshot wounds to the head and his death was ruled a manslaughter.
Tow truck company NV Cars was contacted by Danh on Aug. 19, who asked them to tow a vehicle, court documents said. Danh said he’s staying with AirBNB and moving to the Budget Suites, but his wife lost the key to the car. The clerk said he noticed the foul smell coming from the car, but Danh said it was from garbage bags in the garage. Danh requested to be dropped off at Orleans Casino and the tow driver complied, the report said. Surveillance then showed Danh being picked up by a Lyft driver and later dropped off at a rental car shop.
Records and surveillance of the car chase showed that Danh had returned to the Budget Suites, where the BMW had been dropped off around 2 p.m. on August 19, the records said. LVMPD officers began investigating the BMW around 2:10 p.m. the same day. The vehicle was then tracked to Mexico later that night. Records show that Danh also rented a Nissan SUV from the same company from June 7-9.
Danh also reportedly started renting a storage unit on June 7th. Records show that Danh accessed the unit on June 8 from 11:17 a.m. to 3:18 p.m. No further activity was recorded until around 9:57 am on August 17, when the BMW is seen leaving the camp.
LVMPD examined the unit on August 29 and found semi-dried liquid that had pooled on the floor, consistent with decomposition seeping from the trunk. The liquid also tested positive for the presence of blood, reports said.
Police signed an arrest warrant for Danh on August 30, but he was taken into custody in California on September 29.
Below is the timeline of Amir Haggi’s murder investigation according to the LVMPD:
- June 4th, Danh’s BMW is under surveillance in Phoenix
- June 5 at 743, Danh called Haggi
- Haggi was last seen alive on a security camera in Phoenix around 750 a.m. on June 5. Haggi had neither luggage nor a backpack.
- On June 7th, Danh rents a storage unit and limousine in Las Vegas
- On June 8, Danh entered the storage unit for a few hours
- Sometime between June 8 and August 16, Danh traveled to Mexico and was seen re-entering the United States on August 16
- On August 16, Danh was seen buying cleaning supplies from Walmart in California and rented a house.
- August 17, Danh returns to storage unit. Police believe the BMW was in the unit as of June 8.
- Aug 18, Danh drives the BMW out of storage
- August 19th, Danh has the BMW towed to the Budget Suites. During this time, Danh also traveled to the car rental business and rented an SUV. Danh then drove the SUV to Budget Suites, where the police were simultaneously investigating the BMW, and then drove the SUV to Mexico
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