An office assistant has been arrested following the gruesome murder of a CEO amid an alleged argument over a $ 100,000 (£79,708) theft.
Police swooped on 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, in New York City on Friday following the discovery of ride-sharing app Pathao and Gokada CEO Fahim Saleh’s dismembered body.
Haspil has been charged with murder after Saleh, 33, was found hacked to death – and his body sliced up by a power saw – at his luxury apartment in a wealthy Manhattan neighbourhood.
Saleh’s headless and severed torso was discovered by his sister who arrived at the property while the killer made an escape through a staircase.
Authorities believe the murder was financially motivated after reports suggested the assistant owed the CEO $ 100,000 (£79,708) which he had stolen from him.
The Daily News reports that Haspil had agreed to repay the sum of money and had set up a repayment plan after Saleh didn’t report the theft.
While police also told the publication that they discovered Haspil had used his credit card to buy a saw and cleaning products – as well as travel tickets to and from the crime scene.
Detective Rodney Harrison of the NYPD said that the investigation “revealed that Mr Haspil was Mr Saleh’s executive assistant and handled his finances and personal matters.
“It is also believed that he owed the victim a significant amount of money.”
Medical examiners in New York reported on Thursday the victim had died from stab wounds to the back and torso.
While the body was found cut up by a power saw – which was still plugged in at the scene after the murder.
A source told the Daily News on Wednesday: “He clearly knew what he was doing.
“We think his intent was to get rid of the body parts and go back and clean it up and make it look like nothing happened. He left before he finished the job.”
The killer is believed to have fled after Mr Saleh’s sister buzzed herself into the building and before she entered the apartment to discover the horrifying scene.
Saleh’s family have expressed their grief in a statement released on Thursday: “The headlines talk about a crime we still cannot fathom.
“Fahim is more than what you are reading. He is so much more. 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.
“There are no words or actions to provide any of us comfort except the capture of the person who exhibited nothing short of evil upon our loved one.”