Kardashian’s robbery: an eleventh suspect indicted and imprisoned
American star Kim Kardashian, September 8, 2017 in New York
A little more than a year after the dismantling of the gang, an eleventh suspect was indicted and locked Friday in the investigation of the spectacular robbery, in October 2016 in Paris, of the American star Kim Kardashian, whose jewels remain found.
The 28-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in Vallauris, near Cannes, in the greatest discretion by the police of the Brigade of repression of the banditism (BRB), one learned Friday of source close to the investigation, confirming information from the daily newspaper Nice-Matin.
Arrested on rogatory commission of the Paris magistrate Armelle Briand, the suspect was indicted on Friday in Paris for “robbery with an organized gang”, “sequestration”, “criminal association” and “acquisition or detention of weapons or ammunition category A and B, “said a judicial source.
With a booty of about 9 million euros, this gang of a dozen old-fashioned gangsters is suspected of having made the biggest robbery at the expense of an individual of the last twenty years in France.
On the night of October 2 to 3, 2016, the 36-year-old American star was robbed by five men in a discreet luxury hotel residence in Paris, where she had come to attend Fashion Week. Two of the thieves threatened her with a gun on her temple, tied her up, gagged her, then locked her in the bathroom.
Police officers at the entrance of a residence hotel, Rue Tronchet in Paris, on October 3, 2016, where American star Kim Kardashian was the victim of a spectacular robbery
The robbers had won several diamond and gold jewelery, including a stone of 18.88 carats, valued at nearly four million euros. Their alleged leader, Aomar Aït Khedache, said “Omar le vieux”, told the investigators that he had confided the diamond to a person whose identity he did not reveal and melt the gold jewelry.
– Loot passed in Belgium –
In his escape, one of the buccaneers, Yunis Abbas, had lost a cross set with diamonds. But apart from this pendant, no piece of loot has been found. For investigators, who nevertheless seized large sums of money, a large part of the loot was sold in Belgium.
In the aftermath of the attack, one of the suspects, Marceau Baum-Gartner, aka “Nez rasped”, went eight times in two months to Antwerp, capital of jewelry, including twice in the company of “Omar the Old Man”.
It is the DNA of the latter, found on one of the bonds that hindered the star, which allowed the police to go back to the rest of the team. A massive crackdown in January 2017 ended with the indictment of ten suspects, nine of whom were placed in pretrial detention.
Among them, only Aomar Aït Khedache, 61, and Yunis Abbas, 64, are still imprisoned to date. After a year of standoff between the judge, the lawyers and the prosecution, the other seven were released under judicial supervision, between last summer and recent weeks, according to a judicial source.
Several members of the team, like Didier Dubreucq, 62 years old, said “blue eyes”, and Pierre Bouianere, 73 years old, are known for a long time in the French milieu of the banditism: four were already condemned in the years 80 or 90, aggravated theft, robbery or drug trafficking.