COPS have honed in on a potential person of interest in the gruesome murder of tech CEO Fahim Saleh, who was found dismembered inside his New York City apartment.
The revelation brings the NYPD one step closer to piecing together the 33-year-old's final moments and his fatal end.
Multiple NYPD sources confirmed to the New York Post on Thursday that a "person of interest" has been identified, but that he wasn't in police custody yet.
The sources were tight-lipped on additional details about the man wanted in the ongoing investigation.
At some point within the next 26 hours, Saleh was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and torso, the New York City Medical Examiner's office revealed on Thursday.
CCTV footage last showed Saleh inside the elevator of his lower Manhattan residence at around 1:40pm on Monday.
He rode up to his seventh-floor, $2.2million apartment beside a man wearing a "ninja-like" hood who had followed him into the lift, sources told the newspaper.
The last image captured by security cameras showed the mysterious killer following Saleh inside when the doors opened directly into his apartment before he zapped the entrepreneur.
Saleh was the CEO of Nigeria-based motorbike hailing service Gokada.
Investigators believe his death was financially motivated, as Gokada was reportedly in dire straits at the time of his killing.
Saleh's killer sliced him up with a power saw, which cops found plugged into an electrical outlet at the scene downtown.
"He clearly knew what he was doing," a source told the Daily News on Wednesday.
"We think his intent was to get rid of the body parts and go back and clean it up and make it look like nothing happened. He left before he finished the job."
The killer escaped through a staircase after Saleh's sister buzzed up to his apartment and entered the elevator.
Moments later, she discovered her brother's headless and severed remains stuffed into plastic bags, sources said.
Saleh's neighbor Danny Faust told the Post he saw the woman sobbing in the lobby of the apartment building as cops questioned her.
"She was really upset. Crying. Shaking. She was just sitting there but you can tell her legs were shaking," he said.
As police continue to hunt for the young CEO's killer, Saleh's loved ones are begging authorities to catch the "evil hitman" who beheaded their family member.
Saleh's family said in a statement on Thursday: "The headlines talk about a crime we still cannot fathom.
"Fahim is more than what you are reading. 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.
"There are no words or actions to provide any of us comfort except the capture of the person who exhibited nothing short of evil upon our loved one."
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