Tyrese Haspil, 21, a former associate of tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, has been arrested by the New York Police Department and is now in custody.
33-year-old Fahim Saleh the CEO of Gokada, a tech company who had a net worth of almost $200 million, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Tuesday, and the death was officially deemed a homicide with the cause being multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Police also say he was tased.
On Monday afternoon, Saleh was followed into the elevator at his Lower East Side condo complex by a man dressed in a black designer suit with a mask and hood to match. Detectives who watched video of the encounter said he looked like the “grim reaper.” The elevator opened right into Saleh’s $2 million apartment, which occupied the entire seventh floor of the 10-story building, and his assailant stepped in behind him.
Inside the apartment, the killer fatally stabbed Saleh in the torso, left the body to coagulate overnight, and began to dismember it, according to police theory. Saleh’s sister went to check on him Tuesday, possibly interrupting the suspect, police suggested. The cops’ reasoning is that the power saw used in the dismember the body was still plugged in.
Investigators ran a credit-card check and determined that Haspil’s was used to buy the saw and cleaning supplies used after the murder, and that his card was even used to pay for rides to and from the crime scene, the source said.
The alleged killer has a scant public profile, with his Instagram and Twitter accounts locked. It appears Haspil ran track at Valley Stream Central High School. It is not clear whether or where he attended college. On a freelance site, he advertised himself as a software developer and graphic designer and wrote that “as an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of proactivity and results and I’ve learned the meaning of responsibility and accountability.”
This is still an ongoing investigation and will be updated.