Tech Entrepreneur Nima Momeni Charged in Bob Lee Killing

  • Police told reporters that the suspect and the victim knew each other.
  • Momeni’s first court hearing is scheduled for Friday. He has yet to comment.

San Francisco police made an arrest on Thursday morning in connection with the fatal stabbing of Cash App co-founder Bob Lee. 38-year old tech entrepreneur Nima Momeni was arrested at his home shortly after 5am and charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Lee.

According to local media, the two men were seen driving through downtown San Francisco in a car registered to the suspect in the early hours of April 4. Lee died after being stabbed twice in the chest in the city’s Rincon Hill neighborhood shortly before 2:30 a.m. He was 43 years old.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that Lee and Momeni knew each other, but did not share further details. Momeni had a criminal record, including a charge for allegedly selling a switchblade in 2011, which was later dismissed.

A neighbor of Momeni’s told the San Francisco Chronicle on condition of anonymity that Momeni had come to his door on the night of the killing, requesting alcohol. The newspaper also reported a disturbance at Momeni’s address some time before 4 a.m. on April 3, in which a woman allegedly shouting Momeni’s name knocked on neighbors’ doors. Momeni, who was scheduled to appear for his first court hearing on Friday, has yet to offer any comment.

Lee was a father and the former CTO of Square and Mobile Coin. In a statement to CNN, Mobile Coin CEO Josh Goldbard said “Bob was a dynamo, a force of nature. Bob was the genuine article. He was made for the world that is being born right now, he was a child of dreams, and whatever he imagined, no matter how crazy, he made real… We will miss you Bob. We love you.”

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