Tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh was found brutally slain in his home last week, and all the evidence pointed towards his personal assistant, who was arrested in New York and charged with second degree murder on Friday.
The body of Saleh, 33, was found decapitated and dismembered in his $2.25 million Manhattan apartment. Police arrived to find his body parts in bags next to a plugged-in power saw, after a family member requested a wellness check.
Saleh was last seen alive in surveillance video, entering his building on Monday. He was followed into the elevator by a masked man in a suit, and tased as the doors opened directly into his apartment. His attacker stabbed him several times before leaving.
Police said the killer returned to clean up the scene of the crime the next day, and was in the process of butchering the venture capitalist’s body when Saleh’s cousin rang the doorbell and forced him to flee.
Upon investigation, the NYPD believed Saleh to murder to be a targeted attack that looked like a “professional killing,” but the gruesome murder turned out to be much more personal to the victim: The main suspect is his former assistant.
Tyrese Haspil, 21, had worked for Saleh since he was sixteen, before he was caught embezzling nearly $90,000 from his boss who had an estimated net worth of $150 million. When Saleh discovered the theft, he generously and perhaps unwisely, allowed Haspil to repay his debt in installments, rather than involving the authorities.
Investigators believe that Haspil attempted to make the slaying look like a professional hit to divert attention, but his amateurish execution led to his swift arrest. In June, the ex-assistant bought a taser with his credit card and signed for it upon delivery. The day after Saleh’s death he was caught on camera at Home Depot buying cleaning supplies and a power saw.
He bought balloons with Saleh’s credit card; they were in his apartment when police came to arrest him on Friday. He plead not guilty to second-degree murder the next day.
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