21-Year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, the former PA of Gokada boss, Fahim Saleh has been arrested for the alleged murder and decapitation of his boss.
Surveillance video footage provides “overwhelming” supporting evidence that suspect Tyrese Haspil murdered and chopped up his boss, tech CEO Fahim Saleh, earlier this week, prosecutors said early Saturday.
Haspil was arraignment just after midnight and ordered held without bail on charges of second-degree murder for the gruesome crime on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
According to reports, Haspil allegedly stabbed and dismembered his boss in Saleh’s $2.2 million Houston Street apartment after getting caught embezzling more than $90,000 from him — even though Saleh had offered not to call the police if Haspil paid the money back in installments.
Surveillance video shows Haspil at a Home Depot purchasing the saw and cleaning supplies found Tuesday at the crime scene, Manhattan assistant district attorney Linda Ford said at the arraignment.
Clothing the killer was seen wearing on surveillance footage from the address matched garments found in Haspil’s Brooklyn home, and investigators were also able to digitally track Hasil to and from the crime scene, Ford added.
“The evidence, in this case, is overwhelming,” Ford said during Haspil’s remote arrangement 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.”
A masked Haspil allegedly followed Saleh into his apartment elevator Monday around 1:45 p.m., Tasing him as soon as the elevator opened onto Saleh’s seventh-floor property.
Saleh then fell to the floor, and Haspil allegedly fatally stabbed him multiple times in the torso and neck, Ford said.He then left the apartment with Saleh’s body inside.
The next day, Haspil allegedly visited Home Depot to buy the electric saw and other supplies he is believed to have used to cut off Saleh’s limbs.
Sources told The Post Haspil was allegedly in the process of chopping up Saleh’s body and stashing it in construction bags when Saleh’s cousin rang the apartment buzzer, prompting him to flee down the stairs.
Prosecutors at the arraignment did not elaborate on why they believe Haspil left the scene on Tuesday.
Ford confirmed Haspil had stolen more than $90,000 from Saleh, who in 2018 founded Gokada, a Nigerian motorcycle ride-sharing company, and an investment firm, Adventure Capital.
When the CEO discovered the embezzlement of his funds, instead of going to the police, he and Saleh agreed on a payment plan to repay the money, Ford said in court.
“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,” she said.
Judge Jonathan Svetkey ordered Haspil to be held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 17.
Watch video of the arrest below.
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