Fahim Saleh.
Fahim Saleh.

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  • The body of 33-year-old tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh was found Tuesday in his Manhattan home.

  • His head and limbs had been removed, the New York Police Department told Business Insider, and an electric saw was found near his body.

  • The New York Times reported Friday that Saleh’s assistant, 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, was arrested and expected to be charged with second-degree murder and other crimes.

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Early on Friday, Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested as a suspect in the killing of 33-year-old tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, The New York Times reported.

Saleh’s body had been found Tuesday in his $2.5 million Manhattan condo in what police described as a horrific scene.

His head and limbs had been removed, a New York Police Department spokesperson told Business Insider, and an electric saw, still plugged into the wall, was found near the body.

In security footage, the police said, a masked man wearing a suit was seen entering the elevator with Saleh in his building the day before his body was discovered.

“It shows the victim getting into the elevator Monday, followed quickly by a second man, dressed in a suit, wearing gloves, a hat and a mask over his face,” the New York Daily News reported.

The motive, according to the Times report, was financial. Saleh had discovered that Haspil had “stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him,” though the two were thought to have worked out a repayment plan.

Detectives speaking to The Times detailed how they think the killing took place:

  • On Monday, the killer, wearing a three-piece suit and a mask, entered the building’s elevator with Saleh.

  • Using a Taser, the killer immobilized Saleh as he exited the elevator directly into his apartment.

  • The killer followed Saleh out of the elevator and stabbed him several times.

  • On Tuesday, the killer returned to Saleh’s condo to dismember his body and clean up.

  • While doing so, Saleh’s sister arrived and buzzed his apartment, which caused the killer to flee out of a different exit.

Representatives for the NYPD declined to comment on the Times report.

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