A private assistant arrested Friday in the slaying of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur who was discovered dismembered inside his luxurious Manhattan rental was believed to have owed his boss a “important amount of cash,” police mentioned.
Tyrese Haspil, 21, of Brooklyn, faces a homicide cost in the death of Fahim Saleh, whose beheaded physique was discovered Tuesday afternoon by a cousin who had gone to his residence to examine on him. Haspil had dealt with funds and private issues for Saleh, whose ventures included a ride-hailing service in Africa.
Information on Haspil’s arraignment or a lawyer who may communicate on his behalf weren’t instantly accessible.
Investigators recovered safety video displaying Saleh exiting an elevator that leads straight into the full-floor, two-bedroom residence on the Lower East Side, carefully adopted by a masked individual dressed completely in black, in line with a regulation enforcement official who was briefed on the case.
The video additionally confirmed a wrestle between the 2 that ensued on the entrance to the residence, mentioned the official, who wasn’t licensed to debate the investigation and spoke on the situation of anonymity.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison mentioned investigators decided that Haspil assaulted Saleh in the elevator with a stun gun a day earlier than his physique was discovered.
Speaking to reporters in regards to the arrest, Harrison wouldn’t say when police consider Saleh was killed, nor would he focus on different particulars in regards to the case or take questions.
Investigators initially believed that the relative who went to examine on Saleh could have interrupted the assailant earlier than that individual fled out a again exit.
The health worker dominated the death a murder after an post-mortem discovered the reason for death was a number of stab wounds to the physique.
Victim was CEO of ride-hailing motorbike startup
Saleh was the chief govt officer of a ride-hailing motorbike startup known as Gokada that started working in Nigeria in 2018.
Saleh’s LinkedIn biography described him as a self-taught businessman who based Gokada, constructing on his expertise of first “seeing a possibility in his guardian’s native nation of Bangladesh” and beginning that nation’s largest ride-sharing firm. It mentioned he additionally invested in an analogous enterprise in Colombia.
“The headlines discuss a criminal offense we nonetheless can not fathom,” Saleh’s household mentioned in an announcement after his death.
“Fahim is greater than what you’re studying. He is a lot extra. His good and revolutionary thoughts took everybody who was part of his world on a journey and he made certain by no means to depart anybody behind.”
Investigators had been exploring whether or not the killing may have been associated to Saleh’s enterprise dealings.
Apartments in the 10-storey constructing the place Saleh’s stays have been discovered promote for greater than $2 million US. The constructing was accomplished in 2017 as a part of a wave of gentrification in the neighborhood.