Personal assistant charged in appalling death of Tech CEO in Manhattan

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A personal assistant arrested Friday in the death and dismemberment of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur should have owed his boss “a large sum,” New York police said.Tyrese Haspil faces a murder charge in the death of Fahim Saleh, whose decapitated, armless body was found Tuesday by a cousin who went to his luxurious Manhattan condo to monitor him.

Haspil, 21, handled finance and personal affairs for Saleh, whose businesses included a carpool service in Africa.

Haspil, who grew up on Long Island and lives in Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday morning in the lobby of another luxury apartment building several blocks from where Saleh was killed, said NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison.

Information on his indictment and on a lawyer who could speak on his behalf was not immediately available.

Investigators retrieved a security video showing Saleh exiting an elevator that leads directly to the two-bedroom apartment on the upper floor on the Lower East Side, followed closely by a masked person dressed entirely in black, according to a law enforcement official who was made aware of the Case.

The apartment complex on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where Saleh was found dead is pictured on Wednesday. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

The video also showed a fight between the two that followed at the entrance to the apartment, said the official, who was not allowed to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Harrison said investigators determined Haspil assaulted Saleh in the elevator with a stun gun the day before his body was found.

Speaking to reporters about the arrest, Harrison would not say when police believe Saleh was killed, discuss other details of the case, or answer questions.

Investigators initially believed that the cousin who went to see Saleh may have interrupted the attack and that the assailant fled through a rear exit.

The medical examiner decreed the death of a homicide after an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was multiple injuries to the body.

The victim was CEO of a motorcycle start-up

Saleh was the CEO of a motorcycle startup called Gokada, which started operating in Nigeria in 2018.

His LinkedIn biography describes him as a self-taught businessman who founded Gokada, drawing on his experience of “seeing an opportunity in his parents’ homeland of Bangladesh” and building the largest ridesharing company in the world. this country. He said he had also invested in a similar business in Colombia.

“The headlines speak of a crime we still cannot understand,” Saleh’s family said in a statement after his death.

“Fahim is more than what you read. There is so much more. His brilliant and innovative spirit took everyone in his world on a trip and he made sure to leave no one behind. ”

The apartments in the 10-story building where Saleh’s remains were found sell for more than US $ 2 million. The building was completed in 2017 as part of a gentrification wave in the neighborhood.

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