The Police have arrested Tyrese Haspil for the grisly murder of Fahim Saleh, the founder of ride-hailing app, Gokada.
Haspil, the personal assistant to the 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, allegedly killed him in his New York apartment.
Detectives, however, found Saleh’s body dismembered and decapitated in his luxury condo on Tuesday.
The suspect, Tyrese Haspil, 21, was arrested and charged for the murder, several media outlets reported, including the New York Times.
But a spokesman for the New York Police Department disputed the report.
“Last I heard, we don’t have anyone in custody,” police spokesman Sergeant Vincent Marchese said by phone.
In addition, he asserted: “There is no arrest. I don’t know where they’re getting the information from.”
Saleh earlier this week died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso, the New York City medical examiner said. Police discovered his body in his apartment on Tuesday afternoon.
His killer had decapitated and dismembered his body, the parts placed into separate plastic garbage bags. The police found a powersaw and cleaning supplies plugged in nearby.
Security camera video showed Saleh in his apartment building’s elevator with a man in a dark suit, mask and gloves, the media reports said. Video footage showed the suspect following Saleh into the seventh-story apartment, where a struggle began.
Saleh, who was born in Saudi Arabia to Bangladeshi parents and grew up in New York, founded the Pathao ride company in 2015 and in 2018 the Gokada motorbike hailing app.
Nigerians widely used Gokada in Lagos until state officials banned motorcycle taxis a.k.a. Okada, dealing a serious blow to the company.