Nima Momeni, a Bay Area tech entrepreneur, entered no plea during his first court appearance for the stabbing death Cash App founder Bob Lee. The police say Momeni stabbed Lee in the ribs during the early morning hours of April 4, according to the police.
Fox News was present in the courtroom on Friday morning when Momeni arrived wearing orange sweatshirt, pants and a coronavirus black mask. He also had shackles at his ankles.
He spoke little and only responded to the question of the judge by saying “Yes, Your Honor.”
Khazar Momeni and Dino Elyassnia were present at the courthouse to witness the proceedings.
When asked if Momeni and Lee were related, a man present said that the family did not have any comment.
Fox News obtained court documents on Friday that revealed investigators were able to piece together the crime through text messages between Lee and his sister’s suspected killer.
She reportedly said to the tech titan in one conversation that he had “handled himself well” after her brother “came down really hard” on him.
The District Attorney Brooke Jenkins revealed the texts as part of her motion to the court asking that Momeni be kept behind bars until April 25, his next hearing.
The filing states that “[Momeni] took [Lee] in the opposite direction to his hotel, into a dark and isolated area.” We know from a text sent by Defendant’s sister to Victim that Defendant had been upset with Victim before and ‘came hard on’ him.
Documents show that an unnamed witness reported to police that Lee had been drinking with the sister of his suspect killer the afternoon before he was murdered.
The filing notes that “Witness1 was unsure whether Victim and Female were in an intimate relationship” but also states, “Female is married but the relationship was possibly in jeopardy.”
In court documents released on Friday, police also revealed that they recovered the suspected murder tool, a 4-inch bloody kitchen knife, which was discarded near to the crime scene.
Nima Mumeni’s lawyer claims that he has ‘friends and family’ in court to support him.
The witness said that Momeni questioned Lee in his hotel about “whether or not his sister was using drugs or doing anything inappropriate.”
The witness claimed that Lee left his hotel room at midnight after attempting to calm Momeni down.
The witness said that when Lee wasn’t back the next morning, he contacted the sister. She told him that Lee had visited her “for a moment” that evening.
The filing says, “She fell asleep without knowing when he had left.”
The police obtained surveillance footage from the residential building that showed Lee and Nima Mumeni entering an elevator shortly after 2 a.m. The two got in Momeni’s white BMW, and drove around the block.
Lee was seen on video surveillance at 2:30 am, stabbing his torso. He was stabbed in three places, twice in his chest and once in his hip. One of the wounds penetrated the heart.
Bill Scott, the chief of police, said that three search warrants were served in the course of the investigation. Two within the city, and one across the Bay Bridge to Emeryville where Momeni worked and lived.
Lee called 911 around 2:30 am on April 4 from the San Francisco bridge.
He was found by the police outside Portside Tower on Main Street. They rendered him aid, and took him to hospital. However, he died from his injuries.
Local reporting indicates that one of the search warrants served was at a high-rise luxury building in downtown where Momeni’s sister and her husband, a plastic surgeon, own a condominium.
Scott confirmed that one was served to Momeni at her home in Emeryville across the Bay Bridge and another was served in San Francisco.
Records indicate that the sister and husband bought a condo worth $2.7 million in the Millennium Building in 2016.
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The San Francisco Standard reported that police served one of the arrest warrants at this location on Thursday. It was not far from Lee’s hotel, where police discovered him with stab injuries in Rincon Hills April 4.
The police have refused to confirm this claim or give any additional details other than the allegation Momeni knew Lee prior to the attack.
The Elyassnias did not respond to messages left at their residence.
According to the police, Momeni was detained in Emeryville where he resided and operated his outsourcing company, Expand-IT.
Former employee told Fox News Digital Momeni could be “the cool guy” at times, but also “wild and erratic”.
Jake Shields is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and friend of Lee who has expressed concerns about the safety of the public in the city. He told Fox News Digital that he recognized Momeni from the same social circle but did not know much about him.
Momeni will be back in court again on April 25, 2019. He will likely be detained without bail until that date.
Momeni faces charges of murder, with the additional allegation that the knife was used in the crime.
He hasn’t yet filed a complaint.