Investigators also believe that the killer, dressed in a black three-piece suit and carrying a duffel bag, followed Saleh off the building's elevator and into his condo where he incapacitated Saleh with a taser before murdering him. Police said an electric saw was found nearby, still plugged into the wall.
"We are awaiting records to determine whether or not [Haspil] made any payments and whether this murder was motivated by a desire to not pay that money back or a fear that the victim would've reported him to the police", she said.
Haspil then left the apartment with Saleh's body inside. Some investigators theorized that the suspect had tried to make the killing look like a professional assassination to divert attention from himself.
The suspect, identified as Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, is expected to be charged in the murder, several media outlets reported, including the New York Times, NBC's New York TV station, the New York Daily News and the New York Post. A source told the Times Saleh had learned of the theft, but didn't report it, instead setting up a "repayment plan" for Haspil. Saleh said he eventually built PrankDial into a $10 million business. NY detectives and federal agents from a U.S. Marshals Service regional fugitive task force took him into custody.
Saleh's sister had gone to check in on him after not hearing from him for about a day.
Authorities say a relative called police after going to check on Saleh and making the gruesome discovery.
College friend Sumeet Rametra described Saleh to The Times as a generous man who'd used his money to buy his parents a home and a Tesla and had never stopped innovating.
He was said to have used his the deceased's credit card to pay for a vehicle to a Home Depot, on West 23rd Street in Manhattan as well as to buy cleaning supplies to sanitize the crime scene.
Saleh's apartment did not have security cameras.
When Saleh's body was discovered, it had actually been beheaded and dismembered.
The New York Times, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, reported that investigators were trying to determine if Saleh's grisly murder, which made worldwide headlines, was related to his business. In 2017, he entered Hofstra as a member of its class of 2021.
"The evidence, in this case, is overwhelming", Ford said during Haspil's remote arrangement in Manhattan Criminal Court.
"He and his roommate seemed to keep to themselves and not cause any issues in the building", Hain said.
Saleh founded Nigeria's Gokada app, which allows riders to hail motorbikes in the country after founding a similar ridesharing service in Bangladesh, from where his family originally hails. "He is so much more", Saleh's family said in a press release Wednesday.
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