Suspect Found In Murder Of Cashapp Founder

Bob Lee, the founder of Cash App, was stabbed to death last week by a man that he knew.

NBC News obtained court documents about the case, which report that police said Lee was stabbed by Nima Momeni, a 38-year-old man from Emeryville, California. Momeni, an IT consultant, and Lee argued over Momeni’s sister, police said.

The suspect then allegedly drove Lee to a secluded area near downtown San Francisco and stabbed him three times, using a kitchen knife that was four inches long. Two of those stabbings were to Lee’s chest, and at least one of those punctured his heart.

The court documents also revealed that Momeni’s sister texted Lee, saying:

“Just wanted to make sure your doing ok Cause know nima came wayyyyyy down hard on you.

“Thank you for being such a classy man handling it with class. Love you Selfish pricks.”

Police finally arrested Momeni Thursday morning, which concluded a manhunt that lasted nine days. It obviously attracted attention around the country, and intensified the scrutiny about public safety concerns that have been levied on San Francisco specifically and the Bay area as a whole recently.

The district attorney in San Francisco said on Thursday that Momeni will be charged with murder. His arraignment is scheduled for April 25, according to a DA’s office spokesman. 

If he is convicted on the charges, he faces anywhere from 26 years to life in jail.

The DA’s office in San Francisco filed the court documents Friday in an attempt to keep Momeni detained without bail. They provide the details about how the events came to pass.

Police interviewed one of Lee’s friends who said that the two were together in a San Francisco hotel room on the night of April 3, according to prosecutors. The friend is only being identified right now as Witness 1.

That person said that they noticed that Lee was talking with Momeni. Then, the witness said he overheard Momeni probing Lee as to whether Momeni’s sister was “doing drugs or anything inappropriate” earlier on in that day.

The documents said that Lee had to “reassure” Momeni that “nothing inappropriate had happened.”

A surveillance camera later in the night recorded Momeni and Lee get into a white BMW belonging to Momeni. That happened just outside the apartment of Momeni’s sister.

More footage that police obtained showed that the BMW headed to a “dark and secluded area” in San Francisco near downtown.

The video shows both men standing near each other on a sidewalk, which lasted for a few minutes. It then shows Momeni apparently stabbing Lee, tossing the knife, getting back into his vehicle and speeding away from the scene.

Officers arrived on the scene at about 2:30 a.m., the documents say, and they found that Lee was unresponsive when they got there. He was just lying on the street and was bleeding “uncontrollably.”

Officers ultimately found the knife that was stained in blood when they canvassed the surrounding area.