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“Robber pulled gun on me” – Kim Kardashian tells French police

A French newspaper Sunday
published Kim Kardashian’s testimony to police of how a robber
threatened her at gunpoint when she refused to hand over a ring worth
millions of dollars. In the account of the Paris
robbery she described how she was bound and gagged and said one of the
gang was wearing a jacket emblazoned with police insignia.

The Journal du Dimanche
said it had exclusive access to the handwritten report based on
Kardashian’s account, in which she said that the robbers seemed “inexperienced“.
The
newspaper also said it had a transcript of a brief interview given to
police after the masked men burst into Kardashian’s luxury residence in
October, taking jewellery worth nine million euros ($9.5 million).
Police
last week made arrests in Paris and the south of France and 10 suspects
have been charged, including the alleged ringleaders.

‘Old Omar and Blue Eyes’

Investigators
say the gang’s key members were Aomar Ait Khedache and Didier Dubreucq,
men in their 60s with long criminal pasts nicknamed “Old Omar” and
“Blue Eyes”.

The Kardashian robbery (2016)

The Kardashian robbery (2016)
(AFP)

In the Journal du
Dimanche report, for which the newspaper did not provide English quotes,
Kardashian, 36, said she heard noises at the door after returning from
dinner after midnight.
Her bodyguard was absent, guarding her sister Kourtney at a nightclub.
“I saw through the sliding door two people coming,” Kardashian said in comments translated from the newspaper’s French account, adding that one of the men was wearing “a jacket with ‘police’ written on it”.
“He
asked me with a strong French accent where my ring was. It was on the
bedside table. (But) I replied that I didn’t know and then he pulled out
a gun and I showed him the ring,”
she told police, adding it was worth four million dollars.
Kardashian told police the men tied her up with plastic cables and adhesive tape “and they carried me to my bathroom” where they placed her in the bathtub.
The
gang also took a box containing jewellery including two Cartier diamond
bracelets, a diamond-studded necklace, a yellow gold Rolex watch and a
diamond-encrusted cross.

Police officers stand guard at the entrance to the luxury Paris residence where US reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint, on October 3, 2016

Police
officers stand guard at the entrance to the luxury Paris residence
where US reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint, on
October 3, 2016
(AFP/File)

The wife of Kanye West
said after the gang had put her in the bathroom that she heard the men
talking to each other in French and had the impression they were saying
they should leave.
Once they had fled, Kardashian managed to free herself — she told police she could tell the men were “kind of inexperienced in the way they tied me up”.

‘Completely amateurish’

The alleged mastermind, 60-year-old Khedache has been charged, along with nine others.
Investigators have told AFP that he had gone on the run six years ago while on trial for drug trafficking offences.
In September last year, an acquaintance gave him “a tipoff worth its weight in gold“,
according to one investigator — that Kardashian and her entourage
would be staying at a discreet apartment-hotel complex in Paris’s chic
Madeleine district to attend catwalk shows during fashion week.
He recruited Dubreucq, 61, who had previous convictions for robbery and drugs.
Khedache’s lawyer Jean-Yves Lienard said the gang were “completely amateurish”.
His own client left traces of his DNA on the plastic cable and the tape they used to tie up Kardashian.
Khedache “has admitted taking part in the robbery but has refused to speak about any accomplices and denies he was the mastermind“, Lienard said.
He
told Lienard that the jewellery was passed to another party. Khedache
was seen in the Belgian city of Antwerp, one of the world centres of the
diamond industry, with another suspect, 64-year-old Marceau
Baum-Gartner, a few days after the robbery.
French
police had placed other members of the gang under surveillance and
spotted four of them meeting up at a Paris bar in December.
Investigators
believe they were discussing how to divide up the spoils of the
robbery. Around 250,000 euros was found in the police raids last week.

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Written by Ike Ani

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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