The suspect accused of killing CashApp founder Bob Lee was cited last year by police for misdemeanor battery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported exclusively Thursday.
Police in Emeryville, California, cited and released Nima Momeni on a misdemeanor battery charge after a woman reported he attacked her, the newspaper reported, citing documents obtained in a public records request. The records did not identify the woman, the paper said.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office confirmed to CNN it did not file charges but declined to say why or give more detail.
CNN has requested the documents and reached out to the Emeryville Police Department and to Momeni’s attorney.
Lee, who cofounded the mobile payment service provider Cash App, was stabbed to death in the Rincon Hill neighborhood of San Francisco early in the morning of April 4. Momeni was taken to the San Francisco County jail last week, where he was booked on one charge of murder.
In the earlier incident, an unnamed woman called police around 3:11 p.m. on August 1, 2022, saying she was attacked at Momeni’s loft in Emeryville, according to the report obtained by the Chronicle. Dispatch records show she told police Momeni “grabbed her arm & pulled it, pushed her physically,” the paper reported.
Police officers “indicated they cited and released Momeni on suspicion of battery almost an hour after the call came in,” the Chronicle said. The officers said they waited with the victim as she arranged transportation with her belongings and eventually gave her a ride instead, the paper said.