The personal assistant to Fahim Saleh, founder of the Nigerian ride-sharing app Gokada, was arrested on Friday in the grisly murder of the 33-year-old tech entrepreneur in his Manhattan apartment, NY news media reported.
His body was found at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday inside his luxury seventh-floor apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Responding officers discovered a clothed torso, bags containing a head and arms and an electric saw in the living room, police said.
Mr Hapsil is set "to be charged in a criminal complaint with second-degree murder and other crimes".
The New York City's chief medical examiner, on Thursday, revealed that Saleh' died of multiple stab wounds.
However, a spokesman for the New York Police Department disputed the reports, saying as far as he was aware they did not have anyone in custody.
A concerned cousin entered the apartment Tuesday to find Saleh had been decapitated and all four of his limbs severed and stuffed into plastic bags, according to sources.
Detectives believe that the killer, dressed in a black three-piece suit, wearing a black mask and carrying a duffel bag, followed Saleh off an elevator in his building and into his apartment, a law enforcement official said.
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Fahim, 33, was last seen on surveillance video in the elevator of his East Houston Street building at around 1:40 p.m. on Monday.
The gruesome killing shocked neighbors and the tech and venture capital worlds, where Saleh, a founding partner at Adventure Capital, cultivated a reputation as an energetic, creative businessman who specialized in direct investment in developing nations.
"Fahim is more than what you are reading", his family said in a Wednesday statement.
Saleh co-founded Pathao, a ride-share app that's popular in Bangladesh.
"His brilliant and innovative mind took everyone who was a part of his world on a journey and he made sure never to leave anyone behind".
Gokada was widely used in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos until state officials in February banned motorcycle taxis, known locally as "okada", dealing a serious blow to the company.