Terrified guests hide in kitchen as masked men maintaining axes and bayonets make off with helpfuls from display cases
Five masked men forearmed with axes and knives marched 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 caught three of the raiders after tasering them as they fled on foot. The remaining two escaped through a back door and constituted 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 various showing windows within the hotel with the axes and grabbed the ornaments, substance them into containers before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told panicked guests to get down on the floor for safety issues as the robbers impress. Other clients took refuge in the hotel kitchen.
” We sounded a raucous interference and lots of racket in wall 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 burglary .”
Witnesses said at the least 10 shoots were fired, and hotel guests reported attending one Ritz employee injured.
However, French police said there had been no injuries. A police officer said the exact price of the jewellery plagiarized in the robbery is not aware, but was thought to be” various million euros “. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the three arrested suspects were well known to police.
French writer Frederic Beigbeder was among guests drinking in the Hemingway bar at the time of the two attacks. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.
Gerard Collomb, the French home minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Forearmed theft at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their sing froitd , their professionalism and their quick actions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.