An arrest has been made in the stabbing death of Bob Lee, the founder of Cash App, who was attacked on April 4th in San Francisco. San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers were dispatched to Emeryville with a warrant to arrest Nima Momeni, the owner of a tech company called Expand IT. Momeni is reported to be a tech worker who knew Lee and was taken into custody in Emeryville.
Although SFPD has not released any official information about the arrest, Lee’s ex-wife Krista Lee identified Momeni as the suspect, calling him a “soulless piece of shit” in a text message to The Daily Beast. Law enforcement officials have not yet confirmed the suspect’s name, but a spokesperson for the San Francisco’s Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a person was in custody.
Police have not disclosed any information on the motive behind the attack or the nature of the relationship between Lee and Momeni. According to Mission Local, a confrontation allegedly started while both men were driving together through downtown San Francisco in a car registered to the suspect. The confrontation continued after Lee exited the car, and police allege that Momeni stabbed Lee multiple times with a knife that was later recovered near the spot on the 300 block of Main Street where officers initially responded.
Lee was walking through a section of Main Street with little foot traffic at 2:30 a.m. when the attack occurred. The incident has raised concerns about public safety amid an uptick in crime in San Francisco. The arrest of Momeni, however, undermines the premise that Lee’s violent death was due to street conditions in the city. San Francisco had 56 homicides in 2022, the same number as in 2021, and Lee’s stabbing is one of a dozen homicides in the city this year.
Lee’s killing has been mourned by many tech industry leaders and influential voices, who have portrayed it as a symptom of the violence in the city. This breaking story is still developing, and the article will be updated as more information becomes available.