Armed jew­elry thieves tar­get Kar­dashian West

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF - By An­gela Charl­ton and Sa­muel Petrequin

PARIS >> Armed rob­bers forced their way into a pri­vate Paris res­i­dence where Kim Kar­dashian West was stay­ing, tied her up and locked her in a bath­room be­fore mak­ing off with more than $10 mil­lion worth of jew­elry, po­lice of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

A spokes­woman for Kar­dashian West said the re­al­ity TV star, who was in Paris at­tend­ing fash­ion week shows, was badly shaken but phys­i­cally un­harmed. Po­lice said she left Paris Mon­day morn­ing a few hours af­ter the in­ci­dent took place.

A Paris po­lice official said five as­sailants, who were still at large, stole a jew­elry box con­tain­ing valu­ables worth $6.7 mil­lion as well as a ring worth $4.5 mil­lion. In a mes­sage to The As­so­ci­ated Press, the Paris prose­cu­tors’ of­fice said that only two of the five sus­pects forced their way into the apart­ment

Po­lice said the thieves en­tered the 19th-cen­tury lux­ury res­i­dence in Paris’ chic eighth dis­trict af­ter the concierge let them in around 2:30 a.m. lo­cal time. Hand­cuffed and at gun­point, he led them to the star­let’s flat.

Two po­lice of­fi­cials said the rob­bers tied up Kar­dashian West and locked her in the bath­room be­fore es­cap­ing on bikes. They were not au­tho­rized to be pub­licly named speak­ing about on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

It’s un­clear whether the cou­ple’s two chil­dren, 3-year-old daugh­ter North and 10-month-old son Saint, were with Kar­dashian West when the rob­bery happened. Po­lice said the ac­tress’ fam­ily was placed un­der po­lice pro­tec­tion at the Ge­orge V ho­tel.

Her hus­band, Kanye West, abruptly ended his per­for­mance at the Mead­ows Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val in New York on Sun­day night.

“I’m sorry, fam­ily emer­gency, I have to stop the show,” West told the au­di­ence.

With France un­der a state of emer­gency fol­low­ing ex­trem­ist at­tacks that left more than 200 peo­ple dead in the last 20 months, news of the rob­bery im­me­di­ately sparked crit­i­cism from po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents of the So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a right-wing mem­ber of Paris coun­cil and a po­ten­tial can­di­date in next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, said the rob­bery was proof that “there is a gen­eral emer­gency on se­cu­rity” in the French cap­i­tal.

“Re­gard­less of all the very ex­pen­sive ad­ver­tis­ing we do to pro­mote ‘I Love Paris,’ tourism and the im­age of Paris, all these ads have been bru­tally can­celed by the Kim Kar­dashian case,” Kosciusko-Morizet told Europe 1 ra­dio.

Paris mayor Anne Hi­dalgo, a close ally of So­cial­ist pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, con­demned the as­sault and said Kar­dashian West will “al­ways be wel­come in Paris.”

Hi­dalgo said she is con­fi­dent po­lice will quickly iden­tify and ar­rest the sus­pects and that the “very rare” in­ci­dent “in no way calls into ques­tion po­lice work or se­cu­rity of pub­lic space” in Paris.

Hi­dalgo also urged politi­cians across the spec­trum not to ex­ploit the in­ci­dent for po­lit­i­cal gains in the lead-up to the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“In a com­pli­cated con­text for tourism, in which boost­ing at­ten­dance must be the pri­or­ity of all, us­ing this in­ci­dent for polem­i­cal pur­poses would amount to di­rectly harm­ing the tourism sector, which rep­re­sents 500,000 jobs” in the Paris re­gion, Hi­dalgo said.


French po­lice of­fi­cers and a TV crew stand out­side the res­i­dence of Kim Kar­dashian West in Paris Mon­day. Kim Kar­dashian West was un­harmed af­ter be­ing robbed at gun­point of more than $10 mil­lion worth of jew­elry in­side a pri­vate Paris res­i­dence Sun­day night, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

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