San Francisco law enforcement has reportedly detained 38-year-old technology 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. Many prominent figures, including Twitter owner Elon Musk, have lambasted San Francisco for the violence in the city.
The case is still under investigation
The Los Angeles Times reported that San Francisco police arrested Nima Momeni for allegedly murdering CashApp founder Bob Lee on April 4. Prosecutors claimed he used a knife without disclosing the motive for the horrific act.
Authorities also said the case is still under investigation, meaning that a possible trial will take place once all the details have been clarified. It should be mentioned that Momeni reportedly changed his behavior in the days following the crime.
One of his neighbors said he "seemed really unsettled" lately and asked her if they would like to move to Colombia together.
Additionally, 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 prison and three years probation.
Lee's death prompted many to criticize San Francisco for becoming one of the crime capitals of the United States. Elon Musk argued that the violence in the city is "horrible", saying local authorities aren't tough enough on criminals and often release them immediately after their offences.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, however, believes the CashApp founder's murder could have happened anywhere else since he knew the suspect:
“It's more about human nature and human behavior than our city. You take that out of San Francisco – they knew each other. It could have been in any other city. I don't think it would have changed the circumstances.
San Fransisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins went further, describing Musk's comments as "reckless and irresponsible." He thinks such statements could mislead society about its 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 crypto firm Amber Group – who died in his sleep aged 30 in November last year is one example. It is worth mentioning that his organization took a major hit during the bear market, mainly due to his relationship with the collapsed exchange FTX.
Amber Group fired about 10% of its total workforce in September and continued its frenzy in December. He also applied pay cuts and ended his partnership with English football club – Chelsea FC.
Another person who lost his life was Vyacheslav Taran. The 53-year-old Russian, described by Ukrainian news agency UNIAN as a "billionaire crypto businessman", deceased 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 very dangerous area. Interestingly, he posted a tweet a few days before the tragedy, insisting that the CIA and Mossad could "torture him to death".