The suspected killer of a Manhattan tech entrepreneur whose body was found dismembered last week has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, prosecutors said.
Tyrese Haspil, 21, was the executive assistant to Fahim Saleh, 33, the CEO of hail company Gokada.
Police said Saleh’s cousin found Haspil dismembering Saleh’s body with an electric saw in his apartment on the Lower East Side before escaping from the scene.
Prosecutors said on Saturday that the surveillance video showed that Haspil was buying the power saw and the cleaning products left close to the body.
Haspil was arrested just after midnight Saturday for second degree murder in the death of Saleh. He pleaded not guilty and was detained without bail.
“We are in the very early stages of finding the truth. The life of this affair promises to be long and complex. As lawyers for Mr. Haspil, we urge the public to keep an open mind, ”said Sam, lawyers for the Legal Aid Society. Roberts and Neville Mitchell said. They claimed there was “much more to this story” than the charges and his arrest.
Investigators recovered a security video from Monday afternoon showing a man identified as Haspil following Saleh into the elevator leading to the two-bedroom apartment upstairs, and shooting him with a stun gun, causing him to do so. fall to the ground, according to the criminal. complaint.
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The masked person following Saleh was dressed entirely in black, according to a law enforcement official who was informed of the case but was not allowed to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity .
Video surveillance from a hardware store Tuesday morning showed that a man identified as Haspil was purchasing the saw and cleaning supplies found in the seventh-floor apartment on the Lower East Side, according to the complaint.
Officers responding to 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 apartment on the Lower East Side, police said.
Saleh was stabbed five times in the neck and chest and had injuries to his arm and left hand. He was dismembered just below the knees, shoulders and neck, according to court documents.
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Saleh’s LinkedIn biography describes him as a self-taught businessman who founded Gokada, drawing on his experience of “seeing an opportunity in his parents’ homeland, Bangladesh” and starting the largest business in the world. carpool from this country. He said he had also invested in a similar company in Colombia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.