15 Things to Know About the Kim Kardashian Robbery
Kim Kardashian has had a hard time over the last year. She had to run away from a man who tried to grope her in Paris. The next scary incident also happened in France, when the reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint in her apartment. So what exactly happened? Here are 15 things to know about the Kim Kardashian robbery.
1. Two men were reportedly part of the robbery
According to BBC, two men who were dressed as police officers got into her luxury residence at l’Hotel de Pourtalès in Paris. The concierge led the men to her residence where the reality star was in the bathroom after he was threatened by the two men around 3 a.m. Although it was just two men who broke in, police claim that the plan was carried out by five men.
The luxury residence is used by many rich people and celebrities. It sits behind the French capital’s La Madeleine church. The reality star had stayed there before in 2014 before she got married to Kanye West. It looks like many people knew that she was staying there this week.
“She’s been popping in and out all the time,” a bartender who works opposite of the residence told Daily Mail. “It’s always the same drill — a people carrier with dark windows turns up, along with the paparazzi and then we see her. Unfortunately too many people seem to know that she lives here!”
2. They took her jewelry and tied her up
At this point it seems like the men wore ski masks. One of the men put a gun to her head and took her box full of jewelry including her ring. The jewelry in the box is worth $6.7 million, and her 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring cost over $4 million. Some of the valuables were Kardashian’s personal jewelry but also things that she borrowed for fashion week. One of the things that was likely taken was diamond grillz by Dolly Cohen that was seen in a recent social media post. According to Daily Mail, her two phones were also taken during the robbery.
The robbers tied up her hands and feet then handcuffed her, taped her mouth closed, and locked her in the bathroom so they could escape. The thieves got away on bicycles. The restraints however were only able to subdue her for so long. She was able to break out of them, according to TMZ. After she broke free she was able to call for help.
3. Her stylist Simone Harouche was in the residence
According to E! News, her stylist Harouche heard noise at the time of the robbery. She ended up locking herself in the bathroom for safety. “Simone texted [Kim’s bodyguard] Pascal Duvier and Kourtney Kardashian,” a source told E! News. “She couldn’t dial 911 from her phone.” Duvier is the same bodyguard who took down Kardashian’s other attacker last week. When the robbers left it was Harouche who freed Kim from her restraints.
4. She has already left Paris
Kardashian talked to the police about the incident and then left. We don’t blame her for not wanting to stick around! She reportedly has already gotten on a private plane to leave Paris. “She’s very pleased to be heading back to the United States,” a source told Daily Mail. “She has given a full statement for the police.”
The case, of course is still on-going, and there seems to be people already being questioned about the incident. Daily Mail reports that a photographer who has been following the reality star is being questioned. The photographer reportedly had access to a restaurant where the Kardashians were eating at earlier in the week.
5. Kanye West left his concert due to the emergency
During all of this, Kanye was performing at Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York. He abruptly stopped in the middle of “Heartless” and told the audience, “I’m sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.” Fans were of course stunned and not sure what was going on.
When Kanye West starts Heartless and then stops the show because of a family emergency 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/0xiPDycb4g
— Chloe (@itschloet) October 3, 2016
Since then the rapper has rescheduled two concert dates for his “Saint Pablo” tour. No one from the family has come forward to talk about the event publicly. However, Kim’s spokesperson did give a statement, according to NME. “Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers. She is badly shaken but physically unharmed.”
6. Hours before the robbery she was attending fashion shows
The reality star was in Paris for fashion week. Hours before the robbery she attended Balenciaga’s fashion show and made headlines for not wearing makeup, which is very rare. She also posed in Givenchy couture that same day for Instagram.
7. Kanye and Kim reunited in New York
Kim arrived in New York City from Paris on Monday morning. Kendall Jenner also returned separately. Their arrival “was out of control. Police barricades, a couple of police cars, secret service and 15 big, black Cadillac Escalades” Gunilla Ebers, the director of an art studio across the street told PEOPLE.
8. The hotel concierge could be a key witness
The reality star told French police that one person who can help get information on her robbers is the hotel concierge. “Kim told police that the concierge was present,” a source told ET “and handcuffed — for the entire incident, and she actually talked to him during the ordeal, asking him if they were going to die, to which he calmly responded he didn’t know.”
9. Security footage has been taken to be reviewed
Authorities took security footage from a nail salon called Bel Ange, according to ET. However the video they have looked into from inside and outside the hotel led to no other clues. Part of the reason for this could be that the camera doesn’t face the front of the building so the robbers were able to avoid them, according to TMZ.
10. Kim is upping her security detail
Of course the reality star is trying to get more security after the scary weeks she has been having. “Their immediate need is undercover security — people who will be with them but stepped back to the side,” the source told ET. “There are plans for many other things they’ll change as well.”
Pascal Duvier, her bodyguard, was not with her during the robbery. He was done for the night and dropped her off at her residence. “He was done working for her when this happened,” the source says about Duvier. “Also, Pascal is not an armed bodyguard. Kim does not hold Pascal responsible for one second.”
11. Security footage shows robbers biking away from the scene
According to TMZ, this is the security footage taken from side-street cameras. There are three people seen biking away together, and there are two people allegedly on foot. One of the bikers is wearing a backpack. This starts at 2:19 a.m. when the robbers were going to Kim Kardashian’s room. They are then seen leaving about 49 minutes later. There have yet to be any leads in the case, according to TMZ.
12. 17 People have been arrested and some have been charged
Three months after the crime, 17 people have been arrested for the robbery on January 9. The police arrested them at different locations that morning and the suspects have a big age range from 23 to 72, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The police were reportedly able to use DNA evidence to track the robbers down. They also analyzed the security footage to identify them. An official said the suspects are already known for robbery and other crimes. Sadly the reality star won’t be getting her jewelry back since it’s more likely it was traded in Belgium’s black market.
According to Us Weekly, there have been some suspects already charged. Yunice A., a 63-year-old man and Florus H. who is 44-years-old have been charged with armed robbery in an organized gang, kidnapping and criminal association. Marceau B. is facing charges of handling stolen goods and criminal association. Gary M., who is the brother of Kim’s chauffeur, is charged with assisting an armed robbery and kidnapping. The driver himself won’t be facing charges and has been released
13. The robbery will be addressed on the show
The reality star hid from the public for quite some time after the robbery, which makes sense. But it looks like we will get to see how she felt after the traumatic experience. A teaser for the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians was released and we see her talking about the robbery. “They’re going to shoot me in the back,” she said tearfully to Khloé and Kourtney. “There’s no way out. It makes me so upset to think about it.”
14. The robbery could have been an inside job
According to Le Monde, the driver from a limo company that Kim Kardashian often used is suspected of being the key part of the robbery. The cops believe he was the one to give the robbers information about the reality star. That includes where she would be on the night of the robbery.
15. Her social media was used to plan the robbery
The alleged planner of the heist, Aomar Ait Khedache reportedly told the police that he got a lot of information from the reality star’s social media. “The jewels were shown on the Internet,” Khedache said according to Jezebel “and [she said] that she didn’t wear fakes…the time she would arrive in France, you just had to look at the Internet, and you knew everything, absolutely everything.”
He also reportedly said “someone…very close to [Kardashian]” gave him information on her. Everything but her 20 karat engagement ring has been melted down and sold. The ring was saved because they were reportedly too nervous to sell it since it’s so recognizable.
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