A former employee has been arrested in the grisly murder of tech CEO Fahim Saleh, sources told The Post Friday.Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, is in custody and expected to be charged with the murder of Saleh — who was found decapitated and dismembered inside his Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday, the sources said.Haspil worked as Saleh’s chief of staff at his venture capital firm Adventure Capital — but acted as his personal assistant.
The motive behind Saleh’s slaying allegedly involves stolen cash, sources said.The entrepreneur, 33, learned that Haspil allegedly swiped $100,000 from him — but instead of ratting him out to authorities, he brokered a repayment plan with the younger man.
But at some point, Haspil allegedly reneged on the deal.This was an act of charity that turned into an act of murder,” the source said.
Saleh’s body was discovered Tuesday by a concerned cousin who hadn’t heard from him in days, sources previously told The Post.He was killed Monday, with Haspil allegedly first zapping him with a Taser and then fatally stabbing him, the New York Times reported. Haspil then allegedly returned the next day to chop up Saleh’s body and clean up the crime scene.Security footage from inside the elevator shows Haspil using a portable vacuum to try and cover his tracks, the Times said.
Sources told The Post that investigators linked Haspil to the slaying through forensic evidence left behind on the Taser.Surveillance video from Saleh’s East Houston Street apartment building shows the businessman and a smartly dressed Haspil riding together in the elevator — which opens straight out to his apartment — on Monday afternoon. It was the last time Saleh was seen alive.