Nima Momeni arrested: Suspect who stabbed Bob Lee to death is charged

Nima Momeni
Nima Momeni arrested in killing of Bob Lee


A 38-year-old big IT executive has been charged in the murder of Cash app millionaire Bob Lee. Let’s see who is Nima Momeni in detail.

Tech Executive arrested!

A self-described tech entrepreneur has been detained by police in connection with the deadly stabbing of Cash App founder Bob Lee in San Francisco. 

Nima Momeni, a 38-year-old Emeryville, California resident, is the suspect who killed Bob Lee. According to investigators, Mr. Momeni and Mr. Lee were acquainted. 

On 4 April, police discovered Mr. Lee, 43, unconscious with stab injuries near San Francisco’s city center. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 

Chief of the San Francisco Police Department William Scott made the announcement of Mr. Momeni’s arrest during a news conference on Thursday. 

Who is Nima Momeni?

Nima Momeni is a 38 year old Tech executive arrested in killing of Cash App founder Bob Lee. The suspect Nima is a technology consultant and start-up owner, according to his LinkedIn page. 

Nima was taken into custody in Emeryville, city in the Bay Area. Momeni has been charged with murder, according to Mr. Scott, and is currently being held at the San Francisco County Jail. He did not go into detail about how Mr.Lee and the suspect knew each other.

Criminal records show that Mr. Momeni faced a misdemeanor charge in 2011 for carrying a switchblade, but the case was dismissed shortly after he accepted a plea agreement.

According to Mr. Momeni’s LinkedIn profile, he owns a business called Expand IT, Inc. Prosecutors want to detain Mr. Momeni without bail. An arraignment hearing has been arranged for Friday. 

Despite the arrest, according to Mr. Scott, the “case is not closed” and there is still an ongoing inquiry into Mr. Lee’s passing. 

When the arrest was originally announced, by Mission Local, a local news source, it was revealed that the suspect is a member of the tech sector.

Nima Momeni
Nima Momeni’s LinkedIn profile


What happened to Bob Lee?

Before the stabbing, Bob Lee was reportedly noticed riding in Momeni’s BMW, according to a source. The two were walking out of Rincon’s Millennium Tower.

Lee and the suspect got into a fight in a car together before Mr. Lee was stabbed, according to some sources.

At around 02:35 local time (09:35 GMT) on April 4, police officers reacted to reports of a stabbing. CCTV footage obtained by The San Francisco Standard shows Mr. Lee walking down a deserted alleyway, perhaps asking for aid. 

The internet entrepreneur can be seen stumbling towards a parked car while raising up his shirt to reveal his wound, but the automobile drives off before the man hits the ground. 

With two stab wounds to his chest, Mr. Lee was found unconscious by police in the Rincon Hill community. They began first aid treatment before taking him to the hospital.

He served as MobileCoin’s chief product officer and worked in the cryptocurrency industry. Additionally, Mr. Lee is credited with creating Cash App, a smartphone-based platform that enables money transfers between individuals.

Forbes estimates that the app is worth $40 billion in the United States. Many people in the US tech industry paid tribute to him after his death. Additionally, it sparked disapproval of San Francisco’s government’s handling of violent crime in the city. 

Bob Lee’s death:

The murder of Lee outraged California’s startup community. It revived debate about public safety in San Francisco, with Tesla founder Elon Musk calling the city’s violent crime situation “horrific.”

Brooke Jenkins, the district attorney for San Francisco, retaliated against Musk on Thursday, saying that his statements assume “incorrect circumstances about Mr. Lee’s death, serve to mislead the world in their perceptions of San Francisco, and also negatively impact the pursuit of justice for victims of crime.

Brooke Jenkins responded to the criticism at a news conference on Thursday by claiming that her office and the police have “worked tirelessly” to solve Mr. Lee’s case and other unsolved crimes.

She also criticized people who made “reckless and irresponsible” claims about how Mr. Lee’s murder affected public safety in San Francisco.

Elon Musk, who tweeted following Mr. Lee’s stabbing that “violent crime in San Francisco is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately,” was specifically cited by Ms. Jenkins.


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