Personal assistant charged with murder of dismembered Tech CEO

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NEW YORK – A personal assistant arrested on Friday in the murder of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur who was found dismembered in his luxurious Manhattan condo reportedly owed his boss a “large sum of money,” police said. Tyrese Haspil, 21, of Brooklyn, faces a murder charge in the death of Fahim Saleh, whose headless body was found Tuesday afternoon by a cousin who had gone to his apartment to monitor him. Haspil had managed Saleh’s finances and personal affairs, whose projects included a public transportation service in Africa.

No information on the indictment of Haspil or on a lawyer who could speak for him was available immediately.

Police said police who answered the cousin’s 911 call discovered Saleh’s torso, bags containing a head and arms, and an electric saw in the living room of his luxurious seventh floor apartment in the Lower East Side.

Investigators retrieved security footage of Saleh exiting an elevator that leads directly to the two-bedroom apartment on the upper floor, followed closely by a masked person dressed entirely in black, according to an application official. of the laws who was informed of the matter.

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.

NYPD chief detectives Rodney Harrison said investigators determined that Haspil assaulted Saleh in the elevator with a stun gun one day before his body was discovered. 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 thought that the parent who went to check Saleh may have interrupted the attacker before the person escaped 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.

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

Saleh’s biography on LinkedIn describes him as a self-taught businessman who founded Gokada, drawing on his experience of “seeing an opportunity in his parents’ country of origin, Bangladesh” and getting started most. big carpool company in 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. ”

Investigators had investigated whether the murder could be linked to Saleh’s business dealings.

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

Associated Press writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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