Terrified clients disguise in kitchen as masked men wielding axes and bayonets make off with valuables from display cases
Five masked men forearmed with axes and bayonets sauntered into the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday and left shortly afterwards with an estimated EUR4. 5 million worth of jewels.
French police on patrol outside the five-star hotel grab three of the raiders after tasering them as they absconded on foot. The remaining two escaped through a back door and reached their getaway on a scooter.
Detectives say the men entered the Ritz on rue Cambon, near the Place Vendome, at around 6.30 pm. They apparently smashed several presentation windows inside the hotel with the axes and grabbed the ornaments, substance them into purses before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told scared clients to get down on the floor for their safety as the raiders struck. Other guests seeking refuge in the inn kitchen.
” We learn a loudly interference and lots of racket in wall street ,” one inn hire told AFP.” Passers-by took refuge in the hotel. We didn’t know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery .”
Witnesses said at least 10 fires got fired, and inn clients reported ensure one Ritz hire injured.
However, French police said there had been no injuries. A police officer said the exact value of the jewellery filch in the heist was not known, but was thought to be” several billion euros “. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the arrest supposes were well known to police.
French writer Frederic Beigbeder was among guests boozing in the Hemingway bar at the time of the attack. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.
Gerard Collomb, the French home minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed robbery at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their talk froitd , their professionalism and their quick reactions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.