Cash App founder Bob Lee screamed in agony as he desperately told a 911 operator: ‘Help, someone stabbed me’, after he was knifed on the streets of San Francisco near the Google offices.
After being stabbed twice in the chest, Lee clutched his wounds with one hand, and held his cellphone in the other as he pleaded for help from emergency responders, according to images obtained by The San Francisco Standard.
Officers arrived at the scene within six minutes of the 911 call just after 2:30am Tuesday night, but the tech mogul was tragically pronounced dead soon after being rushed to San Francisco General Hospital.
Tech executive and investor Bob Lee, who helped create Android and Cash App, was stabbed to death in San Francisco on Tuesday night
The disturbing images, which DailyMail.com has not independently verified, captured the father-of-two’s final moments after he was stabbed in the chest.
He stumbled up San Francisco’s Main Street away from Bay Bridge in the early hours of the morning, leaving a trail of blood behind him.
After crossing the street, he approached a parked white Toyota Camry with its hazard lights on, which some have speculated may have been a ride share he called for help.
But after lifting up his shirt and revealing his stab wounds, the car reportedly callously drove away.
Lee then staggered up the hill and collapsed in front of 403 Main Street, an apartment complex named The Portside.
Lee was stabbed and walked up Main Street (pictured), with the Bay Bridge behind him, at 2:30am on Tuesday
Lee, who was dubbed ‘Crazy Bob’ by friends, was an active investor in numerous companies, such as SpaceX, Clubhouse and Figma
At some point after the car fled the scene, Lee dialed 911 and repeatedly pleaded for help, reportedly screaming to be rushed to a hospital.
According to the Standard, the tech mogul called 911 at 2:34am, and police arrived at the scene in under six minutes.
However, police said Lee was already unconscious when they arrived, leading officers to begin CPR on the tech mogul. Authorities said in a statement the father-of-two died after being rushed to hospital.
Although a kitchen knife with a four-inch blade was found in a parking lot across the street, according to ABC7. no arrests or suspects have yet been announced.
In a press conference Wednesday evening, SFPD Chief Bill Scott declined to offer a motive for the attack and declined to speculate if it was targeted or random.
‘I have nothing to share yet,’ he said. ‘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.’
Police were called to the 300 block of Main Street near the entrance of a high-rise and found the dad-of-two suffering from multiple stab wounds
San Francisco residents have pointed to the attack as just the latest in a horrifying crime wave that has gripped the West Coast.
Lee had left the region six months ago and had moved to Miami, but was back in the city on business. He extended his trip by one day, and was murdered.
‘He did comment on San Francisco deteriorating, which is why he actually had just relocated to Miami,’ said Jake Shields, a champion UFC fighter who knew Lee well.
Shields told NewsNation that Lee had ‘no enemies,’ adding: ‘(He was) a good human being — he added to society, he was a good person, everyone loved him.
‘He was really respected in the tech community, never talked about his accomplishments, other people would tell me, “Oh yeah, Bob’s a super big deal in the tech industry.”‘
Lee was the chief financial officer of Square, the app started by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, before he launched the mobile payment company Cash App. Dorsey was among those expressing shock and sadness at Lee’s murder.
UFC fighter Jake Shields says his late friend Bob Lee left San Francisco for Miami over fears about rising crime – only to be stabbed to death during a return trip to the City by the Bay
‘I just lost my best friend, my son Bob Lee when he lost his life on the street in San Francisco early Tuesday Morning,’ Lee’s father Ricky wrote
Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk also commented on the horrific incident, asking the San Francisco DA what she is doing to ‘incarcerate repeated violent offenders’
Elon Musk was also among those commenting on Lee’s murder, and asked the San Francisco district attorney, Brooke Jenkins, what she is doing to ‘incarcerate repeated violent offenders’.
Musk said, in response to a tweet expressing sorrow at Lee’s death: ‘Very sorry to hear that. Many people I know have been severely assaulted. Violent crime in SF is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately.
‘Is the city taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat violent offenders Brooke Jenkins?’
Lee’s father, Rick Lee, wrote a heartbreaking tribute to his son on Facebook, saying: ‘I just lost my best friend.
‘Bobby worked harder than anyone and was the smartest person I have ever known.’
In February, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she was requesting an additional $30 million to fund the city’s police force as a crime wave continues to plague the area.
So far this year San Francisco has seen 39 murders, two up from this time last year, as an increase in crime has left residents concerned.
The San Francisco Police Department has encountered rising overtime costs for current officers as the force is experiencing a shortage of workers. Between 2021 and 2022, the department saw a 121 percent increase in total overtime, according to KPIX.
SFPD officials have also been making targeted attempts to address crime in certain pockets in the city which are prone to incidents.
The San Francisco Police Department is currently experiencing a shortage of 541 officers.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the SFPD tip-line 415-575-4444.