On Tuesday, July 14, a man was found dead in an apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The murder was said to be done in a very grisly manner as the body was dismembered and found headless and limbless.
Police was able to later identify the brutally decapitated torso to be that of a millionaire tech entrepreneur by the name of Fahim Saleh, venture capitalist and CEO of Gokada.
The body of the 33-year old was found in his luxury condo which Saleh had bought for $2.25 million just last year. His murder had left the police investigators baffled simply at the sheer cruelty of the scene.
Cops also found contractor bags near the torso of the deceased but sources reported that the bags were not immediately opened at the crime scene. An electric saw too was found, still plugged in near the torso.
NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves stated that all the body parts were found on the scene.
“We have a torso, a head that’s been removed, arms, and legs. Everything is still on the scene. We don’t have a motive,” he said.
The body was found after Saleh’s sister called 911 on Tuesday. Fahim Saleh’s sister informed the NYPD that she discovered his body after coming to check on him as she hadn’t seen Saleh for a whole day.
Fahim Saleh’s last moments were caught in an elevator surveillance camera. In the footage, Salem was seen getting out of the elevator on Monday, followed by a man dressed in a suit wearing a mask, gloves and a hat.
Saleh, dressed in a tee and shorts, appeared to be suspicious of the man when he fumbled with the elevator.
When the doors of the elevator opened to the seventh floor, Saleh walked out and the man followed after which a struggle ensued. But the closing of the elevator doors blocked the rest of the crime that took place. An autopsy however, determined that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
Some body parts were still found to be missing. Investigators believe that the murderer might have been scared off by a relative trying to come into the condo before he could finish disposing off the parts. A factor to be noted is that apart from the elevator, there was also a stairway that led to an exit way from the apartment.
However, the police soon found leads which led to the arrest of Tyrese Haspil, who was an executive assistant to the victim.
A surveillance camera showed Haspil, 21, at Home Depot buying the saw and cleaning supplies found on the murder crime. Clothing worn by the murderer also matched the clothes found in Haspil’s Brooklyn residence. The investigators were also able to digitally track Haspil to and from the crime scene. It was a murder that was planned but it was not enough to escape justice.
“The evidence, in this case, is overwhelming,” Manhattan District Attorney Linda Ford said during Haspil’s remote arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
“He is on video surveillance before and after the crime. He has been identified by at least two individuals from the videotape.”
Ford also confirmed that Haspil had stolen a total of $90,000 from Saleh. When the young CEO found out about the embezzlement of his funds, rather than going to the police, Haspil and Saleh agreed on a payment plan to repay the stolen amount.
Investigators also found messages in which Saleh accused Haspil of stealing the money.
“We are awaiting records to determine whether or not [Haspil] made any payments and whether this murder was motivated by a desire to not pay that money back or a fear that the victim would’ve reported him to the police,” Ford said.
On Monday, Haspil used a taser to immobilize Fahim Saleh when he got out of the elevator. He was later stabbed multiple times in his neck and torso.
The following day, Haspil returned and severed Saleh’s head, neck, legs and arms using the electric saw that was found plugged in the living room.
At an arraignment held just after midnight on Friday, Haspil was ordered held without bail on charges of second-degree murder for the gruesome crime. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 17.
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