Inside the Kim Kardashian Robbery: Everything We Know So Far
UPDATE 9:30 p.m. ET: According to a source, Kim Kardashian — who was in bed and dressed in only a bathrobe at the time of the raid — feared for her life during the robbery.
“She thought there was going to be a sexual assault or that she was going to be killed in the bathroom,” the source told Us of the horrifying experience, explaining that after bounding Kardashian's hands with zip ties, the thieves carried her into the bathroom. “They did not speak English. Kim was hysterically crying, begging for her life, telling them about her babies.”
“In her head, at that minute in the bathroom, she thought her life was over,” the source added. “There was a gun on her the whole time. She was begging them not to kill her.”
To keep her from screaming, the insider said that the intruders then “gagged her ... covering her mouth but not her nose” with tape. They left her in the bathroom as they took off with her jewelry, estimated to be worth $10 million.
UPDATE 5:49 p.m. ET: Hours after the terrifying incident, Kim Kardashian reunited with husband Kanye West in New York City on Monday, October 3. The reality star was greeted by West at Teterboro Airport around 11 a.m., sources told Us Weekly. The couple were then escorted back to their apartment downtown in a 15-car motorcade.
Kardashian, 35, was also reunited with their two kids, North, 3, and Saint, 9 months, who were safely in NYC when the Selfish author was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning in Paris.
According to a rep for Matilda the Musical, North attended a matinee performance of the Broadway show with two other children, a nanny and a security guard on Sunday, October 2. "They sat in the audience and then afterward, North came backstage and met the kids in the company, including the girl who played Matilda," the rep told Us. "A good time was had by all!"
As police continue to investigate Kardashian’s terrifying incident, a source told Us that the social media maven doesn’t have any plans to fire her longtime bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, who was not present during the robbery.
“Pascal was with Kourtney and Kendall at L'Arc Nightclub. Kim felt safe at the apartment by herself,” the insider tells Us of Duvier's whereabouts. “Kim is not blaming Pascal. She felt completely safe at the Paris apartment and doesn't believe this is his fault in any way.”
The E! personality was last seen entering her NYC apartment with West Monday morning. Her massive diamond ring — which was reportedly stolen by the thieves — was noticeably missing from her ring finger.
iPhone security expert Andrew McDonnell told Us Weekly on Monday that the burglars, who also reportedly took two iPhones believed to belong to Kardashian, will likely not be able to obtain personal information if the reality star’s devices were set with pass codes.
“For newer iPhones, the bottom line is that a strong pass code makes it nearly impossible for thieves to steal data,” McDonnell told Us. “If someone mugs you, takes your phone, or it’s stolen out of your hotel room, or you leave it in a movie theater, without the pass code, any iPhone from the past few years — I’m sure Kim Kardashian’s was that new — it’s going be extremely difficult to get data out of the phone without the pass code. And to make it impossible, you can lock the iPhone or erase it remotely using Apple’s 'Find My iPhone' Web application.”
E! told Us in a statement on Monday that KUWTK cameras were not rolling during the incident either.
“All of us at E! are incredibly thankful that Kim Kardashian West is safe, and we send her and her family our love and support,” the statement read. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians was not filming at the time of the robbery. Our focus right now is entirely on Kim’s well-being.”
UPDATE: A Paris police official tells Us Weekly that the five robbers were spotted escaping on bicycles after their organized raid. A local bar employee adds, "[Kim has] been popping in and out all the time during fashion week. ... Unfortunately, too many people seem to know that she lives here."
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, also addressed the incident in a statement on Monday, saying Kardashian will "always be welcome in Paris." Hidalgo said she's confident that police will find those responsible, noting that the robbery "in no way calls into question police work or security of public space" in Paris.
Original story below:
Kim Kardashian was left “badly shaken but physically unharmed” according to her rep, after a terrifying ordeal on Monday, October 3, when she was robbed at gunpoint inside her Paris, France, apartment. Now Us Weekly has exclusive new details of the crime in the video above, and detailed below.
A Paris judicial police official confirmed to Us that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was tied up and locked in the bathroom as five assailants dressed as cops raided the property.
The official tells Us the ordeal started at around 2:25 a.m. when the gang entered her luxury apartment block on Rue Tronchet in the 8th Arrondissement, close to the British Embassy in Paris.
A male concierge was handcuffed, tied up, gagged and hidden in a cupboard in the stairwell of the building.
The criminals then made their way up to the apartment purchased by Kanye West, where Kim had just finished a FaceTime call with her brother Rob Kardashian.
After breaking in two of them held a gun to Kim before tying her hands together, and locking her in a bathroom.
The robbers then helped themselves to millions of dollars of jewelry, before making their escape.
Parisian police believe much of the stolen jewelry — including a ring and contents of a jewelry box — was from Kim’s personal collection, while some pieces had been borrowed for Paris Fashion Week. Two iPhones believed to be Kim's were also stolen.
Police estimate the jewelry was worth 10 million euros, telling Us: “There is still a lot of work to do in the investigation.”
At this time officials believe the crime was committed by a “highly organized” gang who had done a great deal of planning before the raid.
Shortly thereafter, Kim flew out of Paris from Le Bourget airport on a private jet at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The apartment has been surrounded by police since the crime, and forensic officers were this morning seen looking for clues as to who is responsible for the robbery.
Us can also report that a photographer, who has been following Kim since she arrived in Paris for Fashion Week, is currently being questioned by police.
He is said to have gained access to a restaurant where she and her family were dining earlier this week by posing as a policeman.
Meanwhile in NYC, Kanye West learned of the incident while performing at Meadows Festival in Queens, New York.
The 39-year-old was only 45 minutes into his set when he abruptly walked off the stage, leaving tens of thousands of concertgoers angry and confused.
"I'm sorry, I have a family emergency. I have to stop the show," West said seconds after starting his 2008 hit "Heartless." He then cut the music and rushed off stage as the lights went out. You can watch the unexpected moment from the concert in the video above.
Their daughter, North, 3, and 9-month-old son Saint, are not believed to have been in the room at the time of the robbery.
Earlier in the week Kim had another scare when prankster Vitalii Sediuk slipped past her security and tried to kiss her famous backside.
She was arriving at L'Avenue restaurant on September, Wednesday 28, when he ran over and tried to assault her.
Us reported that Kim is planning on pressing charges.