The personal assistant-turned-assassin charged with murdering his wealthy tech entrepreneur boss was caught on surveillance video buying an electric saw and cleaning supplies just hours beforehand, Your Content can report.
Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested and charged with second degree murder Friday over the grisly murder of Fahim Saleh , 33, in his Lower East Side apartment earlier this week.
Police say Saleh was beheaded and dismembered inside the $2.2 million residence on Monday afternoon, before his remains were found by a family member the following day.
An electric saw and cleaning supplies were discovered inside the apartment.
As Your Content readers know, surveillance footage from Saleh’s luxury apartment building – located at 265 East Houston – shows him followed into a elevator by a man wearing a black suit and mask. It’s believed that man was Haspil.
Saleh, who was dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, reportedly appeared suspicious when the masked-man fumbled with the elevator, which requires the use of a key fob to operate.
Autopsy results released on Thursday revealed that Saleh was tasered and then stabbed multiple times before being dismembered.
Investigators believe Haspil returned to Saleh’s apartment on Tuesday to dismember the tech entrepreneur’s body after first stabbing him on Monday afternoon.
When police arrived at the scene, Saleh’s torso was found in the corner of his living room and his head, arms, and legs had been separated into plastic bags.
An electric saw that was still plugged in, a vacuum cleaner and cleaning products were found nearby.
Prosecutors have also refused to reveal why only second-degree murder charges have been brought against Haspil, despite the grisly nature of the crime and their assertion that he was caught buying supplies beforehand.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said Haspil, who handled Saleh’s finances as his personal assistant, owed the victim a “significant amount” of money before his murder, and there are reports that Haspil may have been embezzling from his employer.
Haspil appears to have been hiding out in an apartment on Crosby Street in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, less than a mile from the murder scene.
The killer shared the elevator with the victim before journeying up to the seventh floor with the door opening directly into Saleh’s apartment.
As soon as he walked out into his home, he was seen to fall to the floor after either likely being shot or stunned.
The manner in which the attack took place has led cops to believe the murder was carried out by a professional.
Saleh bought the luxury pad for $2.25 million last year and was proud of his new home, regularly posting pictures and video from the place on his Instagram.
Detectives found that Saleh’s legs below the knees along with his arms had been removed, with the missing body parts placed into bags.
Surprisingly, there was very little blood. The New York Times said that some effort had been made to clear up evidence.
Surveillance footage is also believed to have caught the killer carrying a bag and waiting to enter the elevator with his victim.
Sources told The Post that as the pair rode up to the seventh floor apartment together, Saleh appeared puzzled, but no sooner had he stepped out into his home, the attack began.
Cops are now trying to work out whether the arrival of the victim’s sister interrupted the dismembering of Saleh’s body.
“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,” NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said.
Later, police could be seen in the condo’s lobby at 265 East Houston Street where they could be seen speaking with a woman who was in tears and who was believed to be one of Saleh’s two sisters who had found the body.
“She was really upset. Crying. Shaking,” Danny Faust said to The Post. “She was just sitting there but you can tell her legs were shaking. She’s nervous. She was crying like, you know, wiping her eyes.”
“She was screaming when she first came down,” Faust said.
“Dead body? Okay. But when you hear chopped up and dismembered? That’s it. That’s a sick type of mind for somebody to do that,” he added.
Friends said he was a self-made millionaire who had a passion for gadgets and video games.
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