Slain tech CEO's assistant pleads not guilty in grisly murder case

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

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Haspil was arraigned just after midnight Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder in Saleh's death.

At approximately 8:45 this morning, 21-year-old Tyrese Haspil, H-A-S-P-I-L, was taken into custody in the lobby of 172 Crosby Street by members of the New York, New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and transported to the seventh precinct for arrest processing. Haspil pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Tyrese Haspil, 21, was the executive assistant to 33-year-old Fahim Saleh, the CEO of ride-hail company Gokada. "As the attorneys for Mr. Haspil, we urge the public to keep an open mind", Legal Aid Society attorneys Sam Roberts and Neville Mitchell said. "The life of this case promises to be long and complex", they said in a statement.

When Saleh's cousin rang the doorbell to his condo, the assistant was allegedly dismembering his body with an electrical saw and fled, according to a law enforcement official.

Police reportedly began to look at Haspil as a suspect in the murder after messages were found showing Saleh accusing Haspil of stealing tens of thousands of dollars over a period of time.

Previously, it was revealed that tech CEO Fahim Saleh was found dismembered and sorted into a plastic bag in a luxury apartment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

According to the complaint, video surveillance shows a male, identified as Mr Haspil, following Mr Saleh up the elevator into his apartment on Monday and shooting him with a Taser. It said he also invested in a similar venture in Colombia.

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