Mission Local has received information that the San Francisco Police Department made an arrested in the early morning hours concerning the killing of tech executive Bob Lee on April 4th. The arrest was made outside the city’s borders in Emeryville, and the suspect is believed to be someone known to Lee, as they both work in the tech industry.
According to police sources, the arrest was made with a warrant for a man named Nima Momeni, who owns a company called Expand IT and resides at the Emeryville address where the police were dispatched. The incident in which Lee was fatally stabbed in a deserted section of downtown San Francisco last week is believed to be neither a robbery nor a random attack, based on information from multiple police sources.
According to police accounts, Bob Lee and Momeni were depicted as acquaintances. In the early morning of April 4th, they allegedly drove together in a car registered under the suspect’s name, traversing downtown San Francisco. It is believed that a confrontation ensued, possibly even after Lee exited the vehicle. Police assert that Momeni used a knife to stab Lee multiple times, and the weapon was later recovered near the location on Main Street where officers initially arrived.
Lee’s death, which occurred on an isolated stretch of Main Street at 2:30 a.m., was marked by several unusual circumstances that law enforcement sources found perplexing. It was clear from the start that this was not a straightforward or random crime, and investigators were puzzled by the incongruities surrounding the case.
The death of Bob Lee was portrayed in the media and on social media
Despite this, some of Lee’s fellow tech luminaries and other influential figures depicted his murder as another example of the rising violent crime and chaos engulfing San Francisco. However, when compared to the other homicide victims in the city this year, Lee’s case stood out. It was the only one to receive national coverage; even local media provided scant attention to the other victims.
The list of San Francisco’s other homicide victims in 2023 is sobering: Gavin Boston, 40; Irving Sanchez-Morales, 28; Carlos Romero Flores, 29; Maxwell Maltzman, 18; Demario Lockett, 44; Maxwell Mason, 29; Humberto Avila, 46; Gregory McFarland Jr, 36; Kareem Sims, 43; Debra Lynn Hord, 57; and Jermaine Reeves, 52. Each of them had lost their lives to violence in a city grappling with the impact of crime, but their stories remained largely overlooked in the broader narrative.
Lee’s death, however, was portrayed in the media and on social media as part of a highlight reel of recent misfortunes and crimes in San Francisco. Reports of large groups of young people brawling at Stonestown, the sudden closure of the mid-market Whole Foods, leaving only eight other Whole Foods within the city, and the severe beating of former fire commissioner Don Carmignani in the Marina District allegedly by belligerent homeless people, all contribute to a sense of the city unraveling.
Carmignani was brutally struck in the head with a metal rod and hospitalized
However, this sensationalized coverage fails to capture the actual lived experience of most San Franciscans. It also overlooks potentially mitigating details of the individual events. For example, Carmignani was brutally struck in the head with a metal rod and hospitalized, but the lawyer for his alleged attacker claims that the former fire commissioner had first pepper-sprayed the homeless man accused of beating him. This additional context could significantly impact the interpretation of the incident.
In addition, according to police sources, there had been reports of a series of incidents in the Marina District where homeless people were pepper-sprayed before the incident involving Carmignani. This information sheds light on a potential history of conflict in the area and could provide a different perspective.
It’s important to note that while the media and social media may portray a narrative of San Francisco as a city in turmoil, the reality is often more complex. The coverage tends to focus on sensationalized events, creating a skewed perception of the overall lived experience of San Franciscans.