Terrified clients conceal in kitchen as masked men wielding axes and knives make off with valuables 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 worth of jewels.
French police on patrol outside the five-star hotel catch three of the raiders after tasering them as they fled on foot. The remaining two escaped through a back entrance 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 reportedly crushed several spectacle windows inside the hotel with the axes and grabbed the ornaments, substance them into baggages before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told startled clients to get down on the flooring for safety issues as the raiders struck. Other clients sought refuge in the hotel kitchen.
” We hear a loud racket and lots of racket in wall street ,” one hotel 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 robbery .”
Witnesses said at the least 10 kills were fired, and hotel guests reported verifying one Ritz employee injured.
However, French police said there had been no injuries. A police officer said the exact value of the jewellery plagiarize in the heist was not aware, but was thought to be” various million euros “. Le Parisien newspaper received information that the arrest believes 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 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 sang froitd , their professionalism and their speedy actions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.