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Police have a suspect in custody for the murder and dismemberment of tech CEO Fahim Saleh in his apartment on Houston and Suffolk Monday.
The New York Times has more on the suspect, identified as Saleh's former personal assistant.
Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was expected to be charged in a criminal complaint with second degree murder and other crimes.
Detectives believe that the motive for the killing stemmed from Mr. Saleh having discovered that the assistant had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him, despite the fact that Mr. Saleh had not reported the man and had set up what amounted to a repayment plan for him to return the money, one of the officials said.
Saleh was found decapitated and dismembered on Tuesday. Police offices yesterday said that Saleh was stabbed to death. According to the NYPD and published reported, Saleh used a key fob to select his seventh-floor residence in the elevator Monday afternoon. Surveillance footage shows a man wearing black and carrying a bag following him on and acting like he selected a different floor.
When they arrived on the seventh floor, the man followed Saleh, possibly knocking him out with a taser.
Police believe the killer was interrupted at the scene by Saleh's sister, who had come to the building to check on her brother.
Gothamist has a summary of the arrest and charges here. Haspil was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was held without bail after his arraignment early today.