The body of 34-year-old Fahim Saleh was found by his sister. He had been dismembered and decapitated in his New York apartment
A 34-year-old man’s body which had been decapitated and dismembered was found by his sister inside a luxury Lower East Side apartment building on Tuesday.
The man has been identified by the Daily News as Fahim Saleh, a known millionaire tech entrepreneur.
The alarm was raised after the Saleh’s sibling became concerned after not hearing from him for a day.
She went to the seventh floor unit to check on her brother only to be met with a gruesome sight.
Her brother’s body had been cut up with a power saw, which was lying nearby and was still plugged in. The body parts were sorted into different plastic bags.
Police believe they have surveillance video of the suspect entering the building and using the elevator.
Video shows the gloved suspect wearing gloves, along with a hat and mask covering his face.
Saleh bought the luxury pad for $2.25 million last year.
His LinkedIn profile reveals how the former website developer became a venture capitalist and showed him to be the CEO of a motorcycle-sharing company in Lagos, Nigeria, although the firm had recently faced setbacks after being banned earlier this year.
NYPD detectives are hunting for a suspect who beheaded and dismembered a tech entrepreneur in his luxury New York City apartment
The man’s body was discovered by his sister who wanted to check on him. Pictured, police stand outside the luxury condo in the Lower East Side
Police found that the victim’s legs below the knees along with their arms had been removed, with the missing body parts placed into bags.
Surprisingly, there was very little blood. The New York Times said that some effort had been made to clear up evidence.
Sources told the New York Post that it appeared the killing had been targeted.
The victim had last been seen on Monday afternoon walking into his building’s elevator.
It didn’t take long before word spread to locals in the area over what had happened inside
The victim had last been seen alive on Monday afternoon and was caught on surveillance cameras getting onto the elevator with the suspect
Saleh appeared to be proud of the building he had moved into with apartments selling for $2.15million
Surveillance footage is also believed to have caught the killer carrying a bag and waiting to enter the elevator with his victim.
‘The perp had a suitcase. He was very professional,’ one police source told the News.
Sources told The Post that as the pair rode up to the seventh floor apartment together, he appeared puzzled.
But as soon as he had stepped out into his home, the attack began.
After he walked out into his home, he then fell to the floor after either being shot or stunned.
Cops are now trying to work out whether the arrival of the victim’s sister interrupted the dismembering of the man’s body.
Detectives are also looking to see if the killer was able to escape through another exit.
‘We have a torso, a head that’s been removed, arms, and legs. Everything is still on the scene. We don’t have a motive,’ NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said.
Police say they believe the man was attacked as soon as he walked into his apartment
The killing is believed to have taken place in an apartment on the 7th floor of the luxury condo
Later, police could be seen in the condo’s lobby at 265 East Houston Street where they could be seen speaking with a woman who was in tears and who was believed to be the sister who had found the body.
‘She was really upset. Crying. Shaking,’ Danny Faust said to The Post. ‘She was just sitting there but you can tell her legs were shaking. She’s nervous. She was crying like, you know, wiping her eyes.’
‘She was screaming when she first came down,’ Faust said.
‘Dead body? Okay. But when you hear chopped up and dismembered? That’s it. That’s a sick type of mind for somebody to do that,’ he added.
Friends said he was a self-made millionaire who had a passion for gadgets and video games. He also enjoyed bringing tech companies into underdeveloped nations including Nigeria and Indonesia. Pictured, his motorcycle company in Nigeria
Friends of Saleh have paid tribute to him saying ‘He was extremely smart, ambitious, very kind. Always smiling.’
During Tuesday afternoon friends began showing up to his building. A couple believe that Saleh must have been targeted.
‘He was extremely smart, ambitious, very kind. Always smiling,’ one friend told the Daily News.
The friends said he was a self-made millionaire who had a passion for gadgets and video games.
He also enjoyed bringing tech companies into underdeveloped nations including Nigeria and Indonesia.
He never said he was scared,’ another friend recalled. ‘[He was] always very happy-go-lucky.’
On Tuesday night, tributes were also being made online to Saleh.
‘Rest in peace Fahim Saleh. Deepest condolences for his family and friends. The world is becoming inhumane day by day,’ wrote Ashiq Rahman, a software engineer living in Toronto.
NYPD crime scene detectives are pictures on scene, outside the apartment block