Fahim Saleh: Pathao and Gokada CEO’s assistant charged with his murder
A man has been charged with the murder of technology leader Fahim Saleh, who was found dead in New York on Tuesday, police say.
Saleh’s 33-year-old body was found decapitated and dismembered in his Manhattan apartment.
His 21-year-old executive assistant Tyrese Haspil has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
The suspect was supposed to have Saleh tens of thousands of dollars, police said.
The entrepreneur was famous for his role in creating famous ride-sharing companies in Nigeria and Bangladesh.
Mr. Haspil is accused of using a taser on Saleh and stabbing him to death on Monday.
“[The suspect] handled [Saleh’s] finances and personal issues, “NYPD chief detective Rodney Harrison told reporters after Friday’s arrest.
“He is also believed to have owed a significant amount of money to the victim.”
Saleh’s body was discovered by his cousin who checked it out Tuesday afternoon after they hadn’t seen it for several days, said chief Harrison.
According to US media reports, CCTV footage from the building where Saleh lived showed him entering an elevator with a man wearing a mask on Monday.
Her body was discovered with an electric saw placed nearby, police said.
Who was Fahim Saleh?
The 33-year-old was the son of Bangladeshi immigrants and created his first company while still in high school.
He went on to found the Pathao travel company, which is popular in Bangladesh and Nepal, in 2015.
More recently, he helped found the Nigerian taxi app Gokada. But the company faced a setback after Lagos authorities banned motorcycle taxis earlier this year.
Both companies paid tribute to the entrepreneur.
Gokada described Saleh as “a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us” in his tweet.
Hussain M Elius, who co-founded Pathao with Saleh, told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: “Fahim believed in the potential of technology to transform life in Bangladesh and beyond.
“He saw the promise in us when all we had was a common purpose and a shared vision. It was, and will forever remain, an incredible inspiration for Pathao and our entire ecosystem.”