The personal assistant of a young tech entrepreneur who was found decapitated and dismembered in his luxury New York City condo earlier this week reportedly has been arrested in the slaying.
Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, is expected to be charged with second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Fahim Saleh, who was found brutally murdered in his home Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
Authorities allege that Haspil killed Saleh after the tech exec discovered his personal assistant had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him, sources told the Times.
Saleh had allegedly arranged for Haspil to repay the funds.
The NYPD is expected to announce the arrest at a press conference later Friday.
Saleh was last seen alive around 1:40 p.m. Monday afternoon when surveillance footage captured him riding an elevator up to his $2.2 million apartment. Another man, described by sources as wearing a “ninja-like” hood stood near Saleh and then followed him off the elevator, according to The New York Post.
The footage allegedly shows the man zap Saleh with a Taser as the executive tried to enter his seventh-floor apartment.
His body was discovered the next day by his sister, who had stopped by the home after she became concerned that she couldn’t reach him, The New York Times reports.
She discovered Saleh’s dismembered body shoved into plastic bags. Police said an electric saw was found nearby, still plugged into the wall.
New York City’s medical examiner said Thursday that Saleh died from multiple stab wounds to his neck and torso. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Saleh’s family is now grieving the sudden loss of the 33-year-old—who had spent his life innovating new business ideas.
“The headlines talk about a crime we still cannot fathom,” the family said in a statement, according to The Times. “Fahim is more than what you are reading. He is so much more. His brilliant and innovative mind took everyone who was part of his world on a journey and he made sure never to leave anyone behind.”
Saleh was born in Saudia Arabia, but his family eventually settled in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Saleh began to hone his entrepreneurial skills early, learning code as a teenager and starting various websites aimed at younger audiences.
One of his earlier successes was an app called Prank Dial, which allowed users to send prerecorded prank calls to their friends and earned millions of dollars.
But the app also resulted in more than 100 subpoenas, according to The Times.
Saleh later focused on creating motorcycle ride-sharing companies, first in Bangladesh and later in Nigeria.
Godaka, the company in Nigeria, raised more than $5.3 million in venture capital but hit a snag in February when Nigerian officials banned the use of motorcycle taxis in Lagos, CNN reports.
As the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the world, Saleh adapted the company to deliver food and other goods to customers.
The company issued a statement after the news of Saleh’s death spread, calling the slaying a “devastating loss.”
"A leader, innovator and inspiration, Fahim's passion for Nigeria and its youth was immeasurable,” the company said, according to local station WABC-TV. “He believed that technology could transform lives and improve safety and efficiency. He built Gokada to act upon these beliefs."
College friend Sumeet Rametra described Saleh to The Times as a generous man who'd used his money to buy his parents a home and a Tesla and had never stopped innovating.
“He was like a machine, dude,” Rametra said. “He never stopped.”
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