Terrified guests secrete in kitchen as masked men maintaining axes and knives make off with priceless from display cases
Five masked men armed with axes and spears moved into the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday and left shortly afterwards with an estimated EUR4. 5 million merit of jewels.
French police on patrol outside the five-star inn caught three of the robbers after tasering them as they absconded on foot. The standing two escaped through a back entrance and shaped 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 crushed several display windows inside the inn with the axes and grabbed the gems, substance them into pouches before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told terrified guests to get down on the storey for their safety as the raiders struck. Other guests took refuge in the hotel kitchen.
” We listened a thunderous racket and lots of racket in the street ,” one inn hire told AFP.” Passers-by took refuge in the inn. We didn’t know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery .”
Witnesses said at least 10 shots were fired, and hotel guests reported visualizing one Ritz employee injured.
However, French police said there had been no harms. A police officer said the exact price of the jewellery stolen in the heist is not aware, but was thought to be” various million euros “. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the three arrested doubts were well known to police.
French writer Frederic Beigbeder was among guests sucking in the Hemingway bar at the time of the attack. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.
Gerard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed theft at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their sing froitd , their professionalism and their speedy reactions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.