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Khazar Momeni, sister of alleged Bob Lee killer, arrested in DUI hit-and-run crash

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Khazar Momeni, Nima Momeni’s sister, walks through the Hall of Justice in San Francisco on Oct. 2. | Source: Jason Henry for The Standard

Khazar Momeni, the sister of Bob Lee's alleged killer Nima Momeni, was arrested Monday morning in San Francisco on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and other offenses, according to authorities.

Prosecutors allege that Nima Momeni questioned Lee about “inappropriate” contact with his sister and drug use before fatally stabbing him twice in the early morning hours of April 4. Lee was a tech executive best known for developing the Cash App.

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San Francisco police officers responded to a crash report at Geary and Larkin streets on the edge of the Tenderloin at around 11:08 a.m. Monday. The driver was identified as 38-year-old San Francisco resident Khazar Momeni, who also goes by Khazar Elyassnia. She is the wife of prominent plastic surgeon Dino Elyassnia.

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Nima Momeni's family members—Mahnaz Tayarani, left, Dr. Dino Elyassnia, center, and Khazar Elyassnia, right—attend a court hearing at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco on June 13. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard

Nima Momeni has sought, unsuccessfully, to be released on bail. He is due back in court Thursday, when a trial date may finally be set in the murder case that transfixed San Francisco and much of the country.

Nima Momeni was upset, prosecutors have argued, because Lee encouraged his sister to do “inappropriate” things the day before at the home of Lee’s alleged drug dealer, Jeremy Boivin, according to court documents.

But Nima Momeni’s attorneys have argued in filings that the facts of the case do not amount to a cold-blooded killing. The coming trial could include many of the people who were with Lee in his last hours, including Khazar Momeni and her husband, as well as expert witnesses, Tony Brass, one of Momeni’s attorneys, said in October.

San Francisco police officers responded April 4 to reports of a stabbing on Main Street near Harrison Street at approximately 2:35 a.m. Officers found a man, later identified as Lee, suffering from stab wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

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