After initial reports that slain tech CEO Fahim Saleh had been the target of a professional hit on Tuesday, New York City police Friday arrested the entrepreneur’s 21-year-old personal assistant, who was expected to be charged with murder.
Saleh’s personal assistant, Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested early Friday morning and is expected to be charged with second degree murder, among other crimes.
Detectives believe Haspil killed Saleh after realizing that the assistant had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from the CEO.
Instead of reporting Haspil to the authorities after discovering the theft, Saleh reportedly offered his assistant a type of repayment plan to return the money.
Investigators believe that Saleh was stabbed to death on Monday, after being immobilized with a taser.
Police believe the killer returned to Saleh’s apartment on Tuesday to dismember the body and cover up the murder, but he was interrupted and forced to flee when Saleh’s sister, who found the body, buzzed up to the apartment.
Fahim Saleh, 33, was a tech entrepreneur and CEO of ride sharing apps in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Gokada, a motorcycle ride-hailing app based in Lagos, Nigeria and co-founded by Saleh, reportedly raised $5.3M in venture capital in 2019.