Police arrest fellow tech executive in April 4 stabbing death of CashApp founder Bob Lee

 April 14, 2023

An arrest has been made in connection to the April 4 fatal stabbing of tech executive Bob Lee, the founder of CashApp, in downtown San Francisco, California, Breitbart reported.

Despite an initial belief that Lee had been killed in a random attack or a robbery, the suspect in custody is actually a fellow tech executive in Silicon Valley with whom Lee was reportedly acquainted.

Suspect in custody

San Francisco media outlet Mission Local reported on Thursday that police arrested a man early that morning in nearby Emeryville named Nima Momeni.

Unnamed sources told the outlet that the two men had actually been together in Momeni's car in the city's downtown area when an argument ensued that led to them exiting the vehicle and having a confrontation on the sidewalk that then resulted in Lee being stabbed multiple times.

Local NBC affiliate KNTV reported that Momeni's LinkedIn profile shows that he is an "IT Consultant/Entrepreneur" who has worked in the tech industry since 2005 and is the owner of a company known as Expand IT that was first formed in 2010.

The NBC affiliate further noted that according to an August 2022 business filing, Momeni is listed as the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and secretary of the company which is described as an information technology consulting business.

Police still investigating, ask public for any surveillance camera footage

The stabbing incident occurred shortly after 2:30 am on April 4, and Lee was still alive when police arrived in response to a 911 call but ultimately succumbed to his wounds a little while later after being rushed to a nearby hospital, according to KNTV.

Surveillance camera footage from near the scene of the crime showed an injured and bleeding Lee attempting to flag down a passing car to no avail as well as him collapsing in front of a locked building before staggering off to continue his search for assistance.

Despite an arrest having been made in the case, police are continuing to investigate the matter and have called for the public's help in that regard, particularly with any additional surveillance camera footage from the area around the time of the attack that may reveal exactly what transpired.

Multiple search warrants issued in conjunction with arrest

The San Franciso Standard reported that Momeni, who will be charged with Lee's murder by the district attorney's office, was taken into custody around 5 am at his Emeryville apartment on Thursday and was served with an arrest warrant as well as a warrant to search his residence.

That outlet noted that two other search warrants were also issued in the case, the first for a hotel room on Mission St. where Lee was staying and the second for a luxury tower residence just a few blocks away on the same street where the suspect's sister, Khazar Elyassnia, lives with her well-known plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Dino Elyassnia.

It is unclear at this point what connection, if any, Momeni's sister has to the murder of Lee, but it is notable that both her apartment and the hotel room Lee was staying in are located less than a mile from where Lee was stabbed and left to die on Main St.

Lee to be buried in St. Louis

Lee was likely staying in a hotel because, according to Fox News, he had relocated to Miami, Florida in October 2022 after living in San Francisco for nearly two decades, in part due to his concerns about crime in the city.

Per the mortuary that has held Lee's body since his death, the slain tech executive will soon be transported to and laid to rest in his native city of St. Louis, Missouri.

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