What to Know
- The body of 38-year-old mother of three, Tyanie Ly, was found stuffed in a duffel bag in a dumpster by someone looking for recyclables.
- Amer Saleh Alhasan, 28, was arrested at LAX trying to board a flight out of the country.
- Alhasan was being held on $5 million bail.
A family mourned the loss of a mother of three whose body was found in a dumpster in Anaheim.
The body of Tyanie Ly, 38, was found Tuesday morning. Her boyfriend, Amer Saleh Alhasan, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon after he checked in for a flight to Germany, with a final destination of Jordan where some of his family lives, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
He is charged with her murder.
Her body was found stuffed into a duffel bag about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday in a dumpster behind a condominium complex at 2156 S. Euclid St. Someone made the discovery while going through the bin looking for recyclables, Wyatt said.
"I want him to know we as a family do not forgive him for what he did, the way he left my sister," said Adam Margaros, the victim's brother in law.
Ly's father says the family didn't know Alhasan, but did notice that since she started dating him, she never seemed to have enough money to pay her bills. She worked as an ultrasound technician at a medical facility and was a proud and devoted mother of three. They have no idea why anyone would want to hurt her, but they are relieved Alhasan has been caught.
"It just gives us a little piece of mind knowing he's going to have to face the music for what he did," Margaros said.
Ly came to America from Cambodia as a young girl in 1983. Her family escaped war and poverty and built a life for themselves here in the U.S. Her father says he never could have imagined he came all this way to lose his daughter to violence, but even now, he still believes in the American Dream. Alhasan allegedly fled Jordan because of a sexual assault in that country, Wyatt said. He was also arrested for a crime in California previously, but was not charged, the sergeant said.
The victim was the mother of three young children, the oldest 12 years old, Wyatt said. Her family called police when they were unable to contact her, which helped investigators focus in on Alhasan as a suspect, Wyatt said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family. You can visit the page here.