Terrified clients secrete in kitchen as masked men exercising axes and knives make off with helpfuls from display cases
Five masked men forearmed with axes and bayonets went into the Ritz hotel in center 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 raiders after tasering them as they absconded on foot. The remaining two escaped through a back entrance and constructed 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 reportedly crushed various presentation windows inside the hotel with the axes and grabbed the ornaments, stuffing them into crates before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told panicked guests to get down on the storey for their safety as the raiders impress. Other guests took refuge in the inn kitchen.
” We sounded a thunderous noise and lots of racket in the street ,” one inn employee 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 crime .”
Witnesses said at the least 10 shots were fired, and hotel guests reported construing one Ritz employee injured.
However, French police said there had been no hurts. A police officer said the exact appraise of the jewellery stolen in the robbery was not known, but was thought to be” several millions 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 two attacks. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.
Gerard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Forearmed crime at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already was detained by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their sang froitd , their professionalism and their quick reactions do the security forces proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.