Suspected Killer in Gruesome Dismemberment on East Houston is Charged with Murder
The former personal assistant who allegedly murdered, decapitated, and dismembered a tech entrepreneur in his Lower East Side apartment has been charged with murder.
Tyrese Devon Haspil, the 21-year-old from Flatbush, was arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with the grisly killing of Fahim Saleh, from whom he reportedly stole $90,000.
Video from outside the 7th Precinct on Pitt Street shows his removal to the arraignment.
Haspil was arraigned early Saturday morning in Manhattan Criminal Court, and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held without bail.
Haspil and the victim were both seen on surveillance video riding the private elevator up to Saleh’s seventh-floor apartment on East Houston Street at about 1:45 p.m. last Monday. Donning a ninja mask, the killer first tased, then repeatedly stabbed his former boss to death.
Haspil allegedly left and returned the next day to chop up the body and rinse the crime scene. However, he was scared away from the scene by Saleh’s cousin, who found the mutilated body stuffed in garbage bags.
In his haste, Haspil left behind some clues that led to arrest, including the saw, and a Taser prong recovered from Saleh’s body which bore a serial number connecting the suspect to the scene.
The motive behind this slaying reportedly involves stolen cash. The 33-year-old entrepreneur learned that Haspil allegedly stole $90,000 from him. Yet, rather than ratting him out to police, Saleh arranged a repayment plan with his future killer. Haspil allegedly reneged on the deal at some point.
#BREAKING: @NYPDDetectives, @NYPD7Pct make arrest in grisly murder/dismemberment of Lower East Side tech exec #FahimSaleh. Tyrese Haspil was the victim’s personal assistant, owed him $100k, say sources. #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/cuah42Xtki
— Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) July 17, 2020