Police arrested a 21-year-old personal assistant of Fahim Saleh on Friday for the grisly murder of the founder of Nigeria’s Gokada ride-hailing app at a luxury New York apartment.
Tyrese Devon Haspil is accused of decapitating and dismembering Saleh in Manhattan on Monday.
Saleh’s relative discovered the body on Tuesday afternoon, when she went to check on Saleh after not hearing from him.
Police said she may have interrupted Haspil when she buzzed Saleh’s unit from the building’s entry, and they suspect he escaped down a service entrance as the saw was still connected to the sockets.
Haspil was arrested on Friday morning outside a building in the city’s SoHo neighborhood.
Haspil was Saleh’s executive assistant and “handled his finances and personal matters,” NYPD Detectives Chief Rodney Harrison said.
“It is also believed that he owed the victim a significant amount of money.”
Saleh recently discovered that Haspil – who’d worked for him for five years – stole roughly $90,000 from him, the New York Times reported. Saleh did not file a police report, instead he chose to fire Haspil and offer to set up a repayment plan.
Police say Haspil, dressed in a black three-piece suit, followed Saleh into the key-card secured elevator that led to his seventh-floor apartment and attacked him when the elevator stopped. He disabled Saleh with a Taser and stabbed him several times in the neck and torso.
Who is Fahim Saleh?
33-year-old Fahim Saleh was born to in Saudi Arabia, to Bengali parents who frequently relocated for work, before settling in Rochester, New York. He taught himself to program at a young age, and created a variety of online projects such as a website for his family, a teenage social platform and a prank dial service.
He created his first company while still in high school. He went on to co-found the ride company Pathao, which was popular in Bangladesh and Nepal, in 2015.
He later founded the Gokada motorbike hailing app. It was popular in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos until authorities banned all motorcycle taxis.
Gokada received funding from U.S and Gulf investment and venture capital and had one of the largest fleets of motorcycle hailing taxis in Nigeria until fell foul of regulators in Lagos.