SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A 38-year-old tech executive who lives in Emeryville will remain in custody after briefly appearing in court Friday to be arraigned in the killing of Cash App founder Bob Lee. Nima Momeni was arrested at his residence in the early hours of Thursday morning and booked into San Francisco Jail on one count of murder for allegedly stabbing the tech mogul.
A San Francisco judge determined that the arraignment will continue at 9 a.m. on April 25 and Momeni will remain in custody until that hearing. At that point, the prosecution’s detention without bail order will be heard.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ office has charged Momeni with murder as well as a special enhancement for using a knife. The DA’s office wants to hold Momeni without bail with Jenkins saying he represents a danger to the community in a news conference Thursday.
Lee, 43, was found stabbed shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in San Francisco’s upscale Rincon Hill neighborhood. Surveillance video shows him staggering around, holding his wounds and trying to hail a passing car before he ultimately collapsed to the pavement.
Officers arrived, rendered aid and summoned paramedics. Lee was transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Lee’s death ignited a firestorm of speculation on social media and among right-wing leaning news outlets. Pundits and tech figures like Elon Musk said his killing was further evidence that street crime in San Francisco had spiraled out of control.
Police on Thursday confirmed that Momeni and Lee knew each other, but refused to divulge any more details on what their relationship might have been. An initial report on Lee’s arrest from Mission Local said the two men were riding in a car together and got into a dispute that escalated into Momeni stabbing Lee.
Criminal records cited by the Associated Press indicate that Momeni was charged in 2011 for carrying a switchblade, a misdemeanor. The case was reportedly dismissed the following year after he took a plea.