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.

Gerard Collomb (@ gerardcollomb)

Vol a primary armee au Ritz: 3 des auteurs presumes ont d’ores et deja ete interpelles par les policiers du 2e arrondissement.
Leur sang froid, leur professionnalisme& leur reactivite font honneur a notre Police. Ils ont toute ma reconnaissance. #FiersDeNosPoliciers

January 10, 2018

The Ritz is owned by billionaire Egyptian entrepreneur Mohamed Al Fayed. Diana, Princess of Wales died in a high-speed vehicle gate-crash shortly after leaving the hotel with Al Fayed’s son Dodi in August 1997.

Security was stepped up in and around Place Vendome in 2014 after a series of stealings on luxury stores and jewellers in the square, which is also residence to France’s Ministry of Justice.

The French capital’s most high-profile recent jewellery stealing was carried out in October 2016, when jewellery worth 10 million euros was stolen from US world video superstar Kim Kardashian.

Five soldiers, some wearing casings with police insignia, hampered her at gunpoint, attaining off with several parts of golden and diamond jewellery.

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