Fahim Saleh, 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, was found decapitated and dismembered in his apartment on July 14, in his New York apartment.
A family member discovered the remains on July 14 when she checked on Saleh after not hearing from him, NYPD Detectives Chief Rodney Harrison said during a news briefing Friday.
His 21-year-old executive assistant Tyrese Haspil has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was a son of Bangladeshi immigrants who created his first company while he was still studying in high school. He went on to co-found the ride company Pathao, which is popular in Bangladesh and Nepal, in 2015.
The executive assistant is suspected to have owed Saleh tens of thousands of dollars, police said.
The entrepreneur was best known for his role in creating popular ride-sharing companies in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Haspil is accused of using a taser on Saleh and then fatally stabbing him on Monday.
"Haspil handled Saleh’s finances and personal matters," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told reporters after the arrest on Friday.
"It is also believed that he owed the victim a significant amount of money.
Saleh had helped found the Nigerian motorbike taxi app Gokada. But the company faced a setback after authorities in Lagos banned motorbike taxis earlier this year.
Acting on the news of his death, both companies have paid tribute to the entrepreneur.
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“Fahim is more than what you are reading,” his family said in a Wednesday statement. “He is so much more. 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.”