Emeryville Man Accused of Stabbing Cash App Creator Bob Lee
- A resident of Emeryville, a city located in northwest Alameda County, California, has been arrested for the death of Cash App founder Bob Lee.
- 38-year-old Nima Momeni faces murder charges for stabbing Lee and was put in the San Francisco County Jail after an intense police investigation.
- San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott revealed that Lee and Momeni knew each other, as per the family of the deceased.
- Momeni, who owns an enterprise tech business in the East Bay city of Emeryville, is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge on Friday.
The death of the founder of the crypto-friendly application Cash App, Bob Lee, shocked the entire crypto industry, and many crypto entrepreneurs expressed their sadness via the social media platform Twitter. Interestingly, the San Francisco Police Department has made their first arrest in regards to the stabbing of Lee, and it is a 38-year-old man based out of Emeryville, a city located in northwest Alameda County, California, in the United States.
Identified as Nima Momeni, the accused faces murder charges for allegedly stabbing Cash App founder Bob Lee, resulting in his death. Momeni is a tech entrepreneur and consultant, and as per Lee’s family members, the deceased knew the accused personally, confirmed San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
At the conference, the San Francisco Police Department noted the growing concerns about violence and property crimes in the region, but as per Scoot, the stabbing of the Cash App founder did not fit a pattern, and so, Lee’s stabbing was not considered a random theft-related incident.
“This has nothing to do with San Francisco—it has to do with human nature,” said Scott, the city’s police chief.
Momeni is the owner of an enterprise tech business in the East Bay city of Emeryville. He was arrested after an intense police investigation and was put in the San Francisco County Jail. The accused is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge on Friday.
Scott Wiener, a Democratic state senator representing San Francisco, commented on the stabbing of the Cash App founder, stating that the rush to judgment by tech moguls like Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, was both inaccurate and damaging to the image of the city of San Francisco. He said that “this is the danger of making one crime into a symbol,” while adding:
“This was a horrific, brutal murder, and I am so grateful that the police solved it so quickly. And San Francisco does have real public safety problems. But this particular crime does not appear to have anything to do with them.”
It is important to mention here that when the news broke about the stabbing of Cash App founder Lee, who was well known in the Silicon Valley, Musk commented that San Francisco was unsafe for professionals and added that “even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately.”
On the other hand, the San Francisco district attorney, Brooke Jenkins, pointed out that “the loss of a young, vibrant leader and innovator has rocked our city and even beyond,” but went on to criticize the “reckless and irresponsible statements” from tech moguls that portrayed the city as a breeding ground for violent crimes.
It is crucial to note that the fact that Momeni knew the Cash App founder confirms that this is not a random crime on the streets of San Francisco, despite some media outlets showing it to be so. “We knew nothing about the facts of this case immediately after it happened—none of us did,” said Jenkins, while adding:
“My urging, through Twitter, through the news, was to really press upon not just the media but the residents of San Francisco and everyone else not to draw conclusions about what happened in this case.”