A former personal assistant to tech CEO Fahim Saleh, who was found beheaded and dismembered earlier this week in his New York City apartment, has been taken into police custody and charged with murder, authorities said Friday.
Brooklyn resident Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was taken into custody Friday morning as a suspect in the death of the 33-year-old tech executive, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told reporters during a news briefing to announce the charge.
Haspil had worked as Saleh’s executive assistant and handled his financial and personal matters, officials said.
“It is also believed that he owed the victim a significant amount of money,” Harrison said.
Saleh was the chief executive officer of a ride-hailing motorcycle startup called Gokada that began operating in Nigeria in 2018. His cousin discovered his dismembered body around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday inside his luxury seventh-floor apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
His head, arms and legs were found amputated, Harrison said. An electric saw was also found in the living room, police said.