Bay Area tech exec is charged in the stabbing death of Cash App founder Bob Lee after argument in car spilled out onto San Francisco street at 2:30am on April 4
Bob Lee, 43, was stabbed to death on April 4 while in San Fran for a tech conference
Police have arrested Nima Momeni, 38, a tech executive who lives in the Bay Area
Suspected in killing Lee was due in court Friday, but arraignment rescheduled for April 25
Nima Momeni is facing murder charges for allegedly stabbing the tech mogul
He was joined at the hearing by sister Kazar Elyassnia, who had her apartment searched Thursday by cops
Bob Lee and Nima Momeni argued over murder suspect’s sister, court records allege – there was some kind of relationship between Momeni’s sister Khazar Elyassnia, and Lee
Worried text from Elyassnia was discovered on tech exec Bob Lee’s phone after his death
Momeni faces 26 years to life if convicted
Murder suspect Nima Momeni [right], was joined in the courthouse by several of his relatives, including his sister Khazar Elyassnia, [center], and her plastic surgeon husband [left]
The Bay Area tech executive accused of killing Cash App founder Bob Lee in San Francisco, was set to be arraigned in court Friday before the hearing was dramatically postponed at the last minute.
Nima Momeni, 38, was arrested at his home in the early hours of Thursday morning, and is facing murder charges for allegedly stabbing the tech mogul.
He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.
The murder suspect appeared at the California Superior Court in San Francisco on Friday with a shaved head and wearing an orange regulation uniform and sandals, but was not shackled.
Nima Momeni, 38, was arrested Thursday, for the stabbing murder of Cash App founder Bob Lee in down town San Francisco, on April 4
Momeni was joined by several relatives, including his glamorous sister Khazar, who had her luxury apartment searched by cops Thursday following reports she recently became ‘acquainted’ with Lee.
Another relative in the public gallery flashed a heart sign at the suspected killer as he entered the courthouse, before his arraignment was delayed because one of the prosecutors was on vacation. He is now set to back appear in court on April 25.
Momeni the owner of Expand IT, a tech business in the Bay Area, describes himself online as a start-up entrepreneur. Whilst speculation on the immediate cause of the knife attack is yet to to be established, investigators and the victim’s ex-wife have said that the men knew each other.
Court documents filed Friday along with a formal murder charge against Momeni in the April 4th slaying revealed events leading up to Lee’s death.
38-year-old Berkeley graduate, Nima Momeni was arrested has been made in the murder of Cash App founder Bob Lee, who was stabbed to death in San Francisco
Bob Lee, 43, was stabbed in the street in the early hours of April 4 while visiting San Francisco from Miami, where he lived.
It is unclear if Momeni attended the same tech conference Lee was in town for, but the pair were seen in Momeni’s car together at around 2.30am, moments before the stabbing.
They had some kind of confrontation that led to the attack, according to police sources.They had some kind of confrontation that led to the attack, according to police sources.
The charging documents revealed some kind of relationship between Momeni’s sister and Lee. However, investigators said a witness in the case could not say if the two were in a romantic relationship.
In a text message to slain Cash App founder Bob Lee hours after his stabbing death, Nima Momeni’s sister Khazar Elyassnia was concerned about his welfare because ‘I know nima came wayyyyy down hard on you.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Lee recently became ‘acquainted’ with the suspect’s sister, Khazar Elyassnia, the glamorous wife of a prominent local plastic surgeon. Lee and Nima Momeni argued over murder suspect’s sister, court records allege
In an earlier interview Bob Lee’s ex-wife, Krista, said she remained perplexed at the suspect’s motive, but confirmed the pair knew each other.
Shocking surveillance footage caught the moments following the stabbing, where Lee somehow staggered out of the car before leaving a trail of blood as he struggled to walk through the street.
The harrowing images show Lee stumbling through the city after being stabbed in the chest.
He died in the hospital later that morning.
Police outside Momeni’s apt building on Thursday morning as they moved to arrest him. Neighbors described waking up to banging and shouting
Nima Momeni was arrested at his loft [photo], in Emeryville this morning
Momeni was taken into custody on Thursday morning at the loft where he lives and works, his neighbors confirmed. Momeni lived and worked out of the ‘high end premiere loft’ in the Beslar Building in Emeryville, San Francisco.
Nima Momeni, stabbed Lee three times with a kitchen knife on a dark San Francisco street after the two argued over Lee’s relationship with the suspect’s sister, city prosecutors alleged Friday.
In a motion filed to persuade a judge to keep Momeni in jail, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai reconstructed law enforcement’s version of the deadly confrontation that left Lee spattering blood on the streets of a wealthy downtown neighborhood, and ultimately led police to arrest 38-year-old Momeni, a tech entrepreneur in Emeryville.
Officers said they arrived to the scene outside 365 Main Street at 2:35 a.m. on April 4, and found Lee, 43, bleeding “uncontrollably” from stab wounds in his chest and hip.
While scouring the area they saw a kitchen knife discarded in a parking lot, its black 4-inch blade stained with blood.
Hours before the slaying, Lee had been drinking with friends, including a woman identified in the filing as Momeni’s sister at an apartment on the 1500 block Mission Street, according to a friend interviewed by police.
The friend said he arrived to the apartment at 3:30 p.m. on April 3 and that he and Lee later migrated to Lee’s room at the 1 Hotel on 8 Mission Street.
There, the friend noticed Lee and Momeni having a conversation in which Lee tried to reassure Momeni that his sister was not doing drugs and that “nothing inappropriate had happened.”
They later returned to Lee’s apartment on Mission Street, which he left at 12:30 a.m. on April 4, apparently to visit Momeni’s sister at her condominium in the Millenium Tower, the friend said, recalling a conversation he had with the sister later that morning, after the stabbing.
Krista Lee [right], said the arrest was the ‘first step towards justice’ but still does not explain the death of her ex-husband Bob Lee
Lee, 43, seen with one of his daughters, had moved from San Francisco to Miami in October 2022, but returned for a conference
Bob Lee lived in Mill Valley, a suburb north of San Francisco, with his family before moving to Miami in October last year. Krista Lee, who was previously married to Bob, remains perplexed at the suspect’s motive, adding that the pair knew each other.
Lee somehow staggered out of the car and was picked up on surveillance footage struggling to walk nearby after the attack.
The harrowing surveillance footage shows Lee stumbling through the city streets after being stabbed. He died in the hospital later that morning.
Police outside Momeni’s apt building on Thursday morning. Neighbors described waking up to banging
Lee’s death was invoked as the latest example of escalating crime in the Democrat city and led to increased criticism of Mayor London Breed.
Over the weekend, she told residents not to ‘jump to conclusions’ about his death and said people ‘will be surprised when the facts come out’.
Bob Lee is seen in his his final movements stumbling into an apartment building in down town San Francisco after being stabbed in the early hours of April 4
Just after the stabbing San Francisco Mayor London Breed reacting to the outcry over poor policing from ‘Random attack’, urged people not to ‘jump to conclusions’ which she said was not random, adding that people would be ‘surprised’ when the facts come out’
They moved from San Francisco to Miami as a family recently.
While Krista and Bob were no longer together, she too relocated to Florida to be close with their children.
‘I just lost my best friend, my son Bob Lee when he lost his life on the street in San Francisco. ‘I moved to Mill Valley, CA with Bob after his mother died in 2019 and we recently relocated to Miami in Oct 2022.
‘Life has been an adventure with two bachelors living together, and I’m so happy that we were able to become so close these last years.’
The suspect Nima Momeni, according to his LinkedIn page, attended the University of California Berkeley and has worked in the technology field since 2005, when he worked as a systems and network engineer in San Jose.
In 2007, he worked as an IT administrator in the south Bay Area, a job that he stayed in until 2012, his bio says. At the same time, he also served as an IT consultant.
In 2010, he said he became the owner of Expand IT, a company that his profile describes as “providing solid, reliable and efficient technology solutions” in the Bay Area.