Bob Lee begged for help after being stabbed: reports

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Tech executive Bob Lee asked for help after being stabbed outside a luxury apartment building on Main Street near the Bay Bridge, according to reports. 

Surveillance footage and police records show Lee screaming “Help! Someone stabbed me,” into his phone as he called 911 for himself. 

San Francisco police said they found the 43-year-old Lee suffering from apparent stab wounds shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

The video shows Lee walking up Main Street away from the Bay Bridge after being stabbed. He crossed the intersection of Harrison and asked for help from someone in a Toyota Camry. He collapsed to the ground as the Camry drives away. 

President of the San Francisco Police Association Tracy McCray commented on the incident. 

“Unfortunately, no one helped him,” McCray said. “So far, it seems like it is a random act of violence.”

Many friends and associates from the tech world questioned San Francisco’s approach to public safety. 

Another tech magnate Elon Musk called on San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins to be tougher on violent criminals. 

Police said they do not have many details on the incident including any suspect information. No arrests have been made yet.

Lee was the founder of the mobile payment service Cash App, the chief technology officer for mobile payment service Square, the chief product officer of cryptocurrency MobileCoin, and had a significant contribution to the development of Android. 

Friends remember Lee as “incredibly personable,” and a “force of nature.”

Police are investigating this incident as a homicide. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 415-575-4444. You can also text a tip to TIP411 to begin messaging with SFPD.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.