- Tyrese Haspil pretended to own the apartment of her boss, tech CEO Fahim Saleh, friends and associates told Insider.
- Haspil told the living room that Saleh’s dog, Laila, was his.
- Saleh’s body was found in his $ 2.25 million NYC condominium in July 2020. Haspil was charged with murder.
- You can read our full investigation into the murder here.
Tyrese Haspil was a 16-year-old high school student when she applied to be Fahim Saleh’s assistant online. By the time the two met, Saleh had already established himself as a pioneer of technology startups in the developing world, and was a self-made millionaire.
But once Haspil started working with Saleh, he became obsessed with the jet CEO’s lifestyle. Haspil robbed his boss, prosecutors said, signed e-mails to co-workers with the title of “chief of staff,” and welcomed friends into Saleh’s apartment, passing the condominium as his own. .
When Saleh started spending more time abroad working on his startups, Haspil was free to live his fantasy life.
He treated his friends to dinner, drinks, and a show in Manhattan. At the end of the night, he invited her to return to Saleh’s condominium on the Lower East Side, passing his own, a friend of Haspil’s said. In the Wall Street Journal. Another person close to Haspil confirmed this to Insider. When she brought Saleh’s dog, Laila, to her weekly police appointments in the West Village, she also registered it as her own pet. “We had no idea she wasn’t his,” said a receptionist at Biscuits and Bath. “He seemed to really love the dog.”
It was later discovered that Haspil, now 22, had stolen money from Saleh the entire time, for a total of nearly $ 100,000, prosecutors say.
On July 14, police found the 33-year-old tech entrepreneur beheaded and dismembered in the living room of his East Houston Street condominium on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Haspil was arrested and charged with murder on July 17, 2020.