San Francisco’s lack of law and order claimed another victim this week when prominent tech executive Bob Lee was killed in a stabbing at 2:30 in the morning. It didn’t take long for more details to emerge about the attack, and now the 911 call has been shared by Fox News. Lee can be heard begging for help as first responders are unable to save him.
Fox News reports that Lee was keen on staying away from San Francisco and had moved out of the city in October. Lee found himself back in town on business, which is when this gruesome attack occurred. According to Fox, Lee shouted, “Help! Someone stabbed me.” The stabbing took over national news as it highlighted a massive danger in cities like San Francisco, and that not even the most wealthy are safe from rampant violent crime. Todd of The American Tribune wrote this regarding the incident:
“Bob Lee, who was formerly the Chief Technology Officer of the popular payment service Square and later founded the mobile payment app Cash App, was found by police in the downtown neighborhood of Rincon Hill. The area is adjacent to the Financial District and home to lavish high-rise apartment buildings.
“Lee was just 43 years old.
“San Francisco police released the identity of Lee and the basic events surrounding his death but also noted that they have not made any arrests nor did they indicate that they have any leads. They have not released any information on a possible suspect yet.”
@DailyMail posted the CCTV footage showing Cash App founder Bob Lee asking for help after being stabbed, the car drove off. Then walked towards the apartment building staggering, holding his midsection and collapsing. #BobLee #SanFrancisco pic.twitter.com/1t83GNNpmt
— DeL2000 (@DeL2000) April 7, 2023
San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott spoke about the incident publically for the first time but was unable to say whether this was a targeted attack. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Scott saying:
“I have nothing to share yet. We don’t want to be premature and definitely we don’t want to speculate so we are going to be thoughtful about following the evidence and we’ll put out what we’ll put out as soon as we can.”
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Mr. Lee. There is no place for this kind of violent crime against anyone in our city. I want to assure everyone that our investigators are working tirelessly to make an arrest and bring justice to Mr. Lee and his loved ones, just as we try to do on every homicide that occurs in our city.”
Before moving out of San Francisco, Lee admonished law enforcement for not cracking down on the increasing hate crimes against Asians:
“It seems like raising awareness of violence against Asians is begetting even more violence against Asians. We need to make examples of the perpetrators: prosecute them as hate crimes to the full extent of the law.”
It seems like raising awareness of violence against Asians is begetting even more violence against Asians. We need to make examples of the perpetrators: prosecute them as hate crimes to the full extent of the law. #StopAsianHate
— Bob Lee (@crazybob) March 21, 2021
Fox News wrote about the slight rise in violent crimes this year:
“City crime statistics show that most major crimes have fallen thus far in 2023, compared to the same period last year. But violent crimes as a whole have risen slightly, driven by an 18% increase in robberies and a 33% rise in homicides. Felony assaults have remained flat as misdemeanor assaults have climbed by 13%, according to the statistics.”
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