In a tragic turn of events, San Francisco police have arrested 38-year-old tech entrepreneur Nima Momeni in connection with the fatal stabbing of Cash App co-founder Bob Lee. The arrest was made at Momeni’s home shortly after 5am on Thursday morning. Momeni has been 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 was stabbed twice in the chest in the city’s Rincon Hill neighborhood shortly before 2:30 a.m. and later died. 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 any further details. However, it has been revealed that Momeni had a criminal record, including a charge for allegedly selling a switchblade in 2011, which was later dismissed.
A neighbor of Momeni’s, who wished to remain anonymous, told the San Francisco Chronicle 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 on the matter.
Lee was not only a father but also 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.”
The tech community has been left in shock by Lee’s untimely death. Many have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the late entrepreneur. The investigation into Lee’s murder is ongoing, and more details are expected to emerge as the case progresses.
It is a tragedy that such a promising life has been cut short in such a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts are with Lee’s loved ones during this difficult time.