The personal assistant, accused of murdering his wealthy boss of a technology entrepreneur, was captured on a surveillance video a few hours earlier when he bought an electric saw and cleaning supplies.
The 21-year-old Tyrese Haspil was arrested on Friday for murdering Fahim Saleh (33) in his apartment on the Lower East Side earlier this week and charged with second-degree murder.
Police say Saleh was beheaded and dismembered at the $ 2.2 million residence on Monday afternoon before a family member found his remains the following day.
An electric saw and cleaning agents were discovered in the apartment.
The prosecutor has not released the name of the store where Haspil bought the supplies. The personal assistant usually lives near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
However, they claim that the footage shows how he performs the transaction late Monday morning.
Tyrese Haspil (left) was arrested and charged with cruel murder of Fahim Saleh (right) in his Lower East Side apartment earlier this week
Saleh was murdered in his $ 2.2 million home (pictured) on Monday afternoon
Investigators believe Saleh was killed at 1:45 p.m. that afternoon.
Surveillance footage of Saleh's luxury apartment at 265 East Houston Street shows him a man in a black suit and mask follows into an elevator. It is believed that man was Haspil.
Saleh, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, seemed suspicious as the masked man fumbled with the elevator, which required a keychain to operate.
The footage shows the victim falling to the floor when the elevator doors open directly into Saleh's full-floor apartment. The doors closed, obscuring the camera's view of what happened next.
The autopsy results released on Thursday showed that Saleh was tasered and then stabbed several times before being dismembered.
Investigators believe Haspil returned to Saleh's apartment on Tuesday to dismember the technology entrepreneur's body after stabbing him for the first time on Monday afternoon.
Police officers say the alleged murderer may have waited for the victim's blood to clot before he dismembered him.
When the police arrived at the scene, Saleh's torso was found in the corner of his living room and his head, arms and legs were separated in plastic bags.
Nearby there was a still connected electric saw, a vacuum cleaner and detergent.
The police refused to disclose the cause of death because the investigation was still ongoing.
They also refused to disclose why only second-degree murder charges were brought against Haspil, despite the cruel nature of the crime and their claim that he was caught buying supplies.
Rodney Harrison, detective chief of the NYPD, said Haspil, who handled Saleh's finances as his personal assistant, owed the victim a "substantial amount of money" before his murder, and there are reports that Haspil may have been misappropriated by his employer.
Police sources reported to the Daily News that Saleh found that his assistant allegedly stole $ 100,000 from him and that he had a payment plan for Haspil to repay the money instead of reporting it to the authorities.
Law enforcement officers began investigating Haspil after finding police reports that Saleh accused Haspil of having stolen the money, according to police sources.
Before his arrest, Haspil was reportedly living in a luxury apartment near the victim's home.
Haspil appears to be hiding in an apartment on Crosby Street in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, less than a mile from the scene.
The new surveillance video, recorded exclusively by DailyMail.com, shows Haspil leaving the building on Crosby Street around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, where he was later arrested.
The neighbors say Haspil only moved into the building this week after Monday's murder, which was a mile away, and may have lived there on a short-term vacation rental
Haspil leaves the building on Crosby Street in the company of an unknown woman and strolls casually along the street. There is no evidence that the woman was aware of the murder, and the NYPD declined to provide further information when asked if the woman was wanted for questioning.
A property manager in a neighboring building told DailyMail.com that he believed Haspil had just moved to 172 Crosby Street this week, possibly through a short-term rental service.
On Friday morning, Detectives handcuffed Haspil after he was arrested in the NoHo district of Manhattan.
Hours later, Haspil was also caught on camera when he was led out of the 7th district with an operating mask and Tyvek overalls to be transported to the central booking office.
Haspil, wearing an operating mask, is handcuffed away on Friday morning
Hours after he was first detained, Detectives brought Haspil with a surgical mask and Tyvek overalls from the 7th district for transport to the central booking
The overalls, which are usually used by the police to collect evidence, are routinely provided to suspects whose clothing is confiscated to be processed for potential evidence
Haspil, originally from Elmont, New York, had worked for his investment company Adventure Capital for Saleh.
It seems that he attended Hofstra University, where he studied art and marketing. It is not yet clear how he got to Saleh.
Saleh was the chief executive officer of a motorbike start-up called Gokada, which started operations in Nigeria in 2018.
The Gokada company has recently had severe setbacks after being banned by the Nigerian government earlier this year. It was forced to fire staff and switch from a rideshare service to a delivery courier.
The ban came at a difficult time for Gokada, which had just raised $ 5.3 million from Rise Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, in May 2019.
After the ban was issued, the company stopped hiring money and around 800 bikers who worked for Gorkada were also fired immediately.
Saleh worked on new ideas and a new direction for the company.
At the time of his death, Saleh was also sued by a former prison guard who became a criminal and was detained for using his PrankDial app, launched in 2015, to secretly record and eavesdrop on employee phone calls.
Using the app, Kirk Eady, the former deputy director of the Hudson County Correctional Facility, could call two employees without knowing he was behind it and then hear what they said.
He listened to their complaints about him and their work, and then took revenge on them at the workplace, according to prosecutors.
He was detained for 15 months and sued Saleh in 2017 for fraud. He claimed the app made him believe what he was doing was legal.
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