An employee of the 33-year-old man found decapitated and dismembered in his Lower East Side apartment this week is the prime suspect in the tech CEO’s murder.
The New York Times reports that Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested on Friday in connection with the killing of Fahim Saleh. Hapsil is expected to be charged with second-degree murder.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Saleh was found dead in his multimillion-dollar Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday afternoon. His body had been dismembered into several pieces, which were found in plastic bags in the apartment. A concerned relative had called police after seeing a torso and plastic bags when they visited the apartment to check on Saleh.
The victim was reportedly the CEO of Godaka, a motorcycle taxi app headquartered in Nigeria, as well as the popular app “Prank Dial.”
According to the New York Times report, investigators believe the motive for the murder may have stemmed from Saleh’s discovery that Haspil had allegedly stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him. Still, a police source said that Saleh did not report the apparent theft to authorities, and had worked out a private repayment plan with his assistant.
The report also notes that police believe Haspil, who is presumably the same man reportedly seen on surveillance camera footage following Saleh into his elevator on Monday, killed Saleh on that day and returned to the apartment on Tuesday to clean up the scene.
Detectives reportedly believe Haspil incapacitated Saleh with a stun gun in the elevator or inside Saleh’s apartment, and then stabbed him to death.
Police are expected to deliver a news conference about the case on Friday.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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