KEY POINTS

  • The personal assistant of Fahim Saleh was arrested in New York in connection  killing of the tech CEO
  • A source familiar with the case said Saleh's assistant, Tyrese Haspil, allegedly was stealing money from Saleh and the latter had learned about it
  • Haspil is expected to be charged with second-degree murder

The personal assistant of tech entrepreneur and CEO Fahim Saleh was arrested in New York Friday in the latter’s killing and dismemberment in Saleh’s luxury apartment. Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, is expected to be charged with second-degree murder.

The New York Times reported Haspil’s motive was the alleged theft of tens of thousands of dollars from Saleh, 33. A source told the Times Saleh had learned of the theft, but didn’t report it, instead setting up a “repayment plan” for Haspil.

Building security cameras showed Saleh and another man entering the former's Manhattan apartment. The man was dressed in a black suit, mask and gloves, and was carrying a duffle bag. The pair went inside Saleh’s apartment where the source said the man apparently used a taser to immobilize Saleh before repeatedly stabbing him in the neck and torso. Saleh’s body was then cut up using an electric saw and placed in large plastic bags.

Saleh’s apartment did not have security cameras.

The alleged killer was next seen on building cameras with a portable vacuum investigators said likely was used it to try to clean up the scene.

Saleh’s body was found on Tuesday. His sister told police she was worried after not having heard from him.

Saleh was CEO of Gokada, a motorbike-hailing service for Nigeria, at the time of his killing. Other ventures included the prank call app PrankDial, which he created in 2009, and Pathao, a motorcycle ride-sharing service in Bangladesh he founded in 2015 before leaving in 2018.

“Fahim is more than what you are reading. He is so much more,” Saleh’s family said in a press release Wednesday. “His brilliant and innovative mind took everyone who was a part of his world on a journey and he made sure never to leave anyone behind.”

New York police killing Police block off the scene of a shooting where a gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car before killing himself in New York, in this December 20, 2014 handout photo courtesy of Mariana Pena Cater. Photo: REUTERS/Mariana Pena Cater