San Francisco’s law enforcement agents have reportedly detained the 38-year-old tech-consultant and entrepreneur – Nima Momeni – for the alleged murder of Bob Lee (founder of the mobile payment service that allows users to buy and sell bitcoin – CashApp).
The incident happened last week when Lee was stabbed to death in the Rincon Hill neighborhood. Numerous prominent individuals, including Twitter’s owner Elon Musk, castigated San Francisco for the violence in the city.
The Case is Still Under Investigation
The Los Angeles Times reported that San Francisco’s police took into custody Nima Momeni for supposedly murdering CashApp’s founder Bob Lee on April 4. Prosecutors claimed he used a knife without disclosing the motive behind the gruesome act.
The authorities also outlined that the case is still under investigation, meaning an eventual trial will occur once all details are clarified. It is worth mentioning that Momeni purportedly changed his behavior in the days after the crime.
One of his neighbors said he “seemed really unsettled” lately and asked him if they’d like to move to Colombia together.
In addition, Momeni was charged with driving with a suspended license in 2011 and selling a switchblade knife. He pleaded not guilty, and the magistrates sentenced him to ten days in county jail and three years of probation.
Lee’s death prompted many to criticize San Francisco for becoming one of the crime capitals in the United States. Elon Musk argued that violence in the city is “horrific,” maintaining that the local authorities are not harsh enough with criminals and often release them immediately after their offenses.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, though, thinks the murder of CashApp’s founder could have happened in any other location since he knew the suspect:
“This is more about human nature and human behavior than it is about our city. You take this out of San Francisco — they knew each other. It could’ve been in any other city. I don’t think it would’ve changed the circumstances.”
San Fransisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins went further, describing Musk’s comments as “reckless and irresponsible.” He believes such statements could mislead broad society about their perception of San Francisco and “negatively impact the pursuit of justice for victims of crime.”
Other Recent Deaths in Crypto Lately
The mysterious death of Tiantian Kullander – co-founder of the crypto firm Amber Group – who passed away in his sleep at the age of 30 in November last year is one example. It is worth mentioning that his organization took a major punch during the bear market, mainly due to its relation to the collapsed exchange FTX.
Amber Group laid off around 10% of its total employees in September and continued the spree in December. It also applied salary reductions and terminated its partnership with the English soccer club – Chelsea FC.
Another person who lost his life was Vyacheslav Taran. The 53-year-old Russian, described by the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN as a “billionaire crypto businessman,” died after the helicopter he was traveling in crashed in Switzerland.
As CryptoPotato reported, Nikolai Mushegian (co-founder of MakerDAO) drowned at sea in San Huan, Puerto Rico, after swimming in a highly dangerous area. Interestingly, he posted a tweet a few days before the tragedy, insisting that the CIA and Mossad could “torture him to death.”
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