The First Suspects In Kim Kardashian West's Robbery Have Officially Been Charged

BY Grace O'Neill / Jan 15 2017 / 16:16 PM

With 10 others still in custody

The First Suspects In Kim Kardashian West's Robbery Have Officially Been Charged

The first suspects of the robbery have been charged

1. Following the arrest of 17 people earlier this week, the first four people have officially been charged for the Paris robbery. According to Mamamia, a 63-year-old man named Yunice A. is facing charges of armed robbery in an organised gang, kidnapping and criminal association, a 64-year-old Marceau B was charged with helping to "pass off" the stolen goods, and two other men - aged 44 and 27 - have been charged with tipping off the thieves about Kim's whereabouts while in Paris.

2. Kim Kardashian doesn't have to fly to Paris to testify

Under French law, the victims of crimes don't have to confront alleged perpetrators in court. Instead, judges conduct separate interviews with victims outside of the courtroom. TMZ reports that the judge will be flying to the U.S. for the interview, rather than Kim flying to France.

3. Kim Kardashian is already sharing her location on social media again

After a three-month break from social media, Kim Kardashian returned to her Instagram and Twitter accounts last week. Although it was reported that the people behind the Paris robbery found out Kim's location just by looking at her social media, the Kardashian sister is already openly sharing her whereabouts with the world, posting on Twitter about her trip to Dubai. 

4. Kim Kardashian's chauffer released by police

After reports revealed that Kim Kardashian's chauffer Michael Madar—who was driving her around Paris when the robbery occurred—was arrested, speculation began that an "inside job" had occurred. French police have since confirmed, however, that Madar was only taken into police custody for "testimony purposes" and has since been released with no criminal charges, according to TMZ.

5. 17 people have been arrested 

French police have reportedly arrested up to 17 people in connection with Kim Kardashian's Paris fashion week robbery, mere days after the star broke her months-long social media silence following the attack. The reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room in Paris on October 3rd last year, with thieves stealing $14 million worth of jewels. 

Reports suggest the thieves were caught by police after leaving DNA evidence in the hotel room, though the Paris prosecutor would not comment on the arrests.

Here's hoping the thieves are brought to justice.

6. The concierge at the Parisian hotel opens up about the events that occured throughout the robbery

The Parisian hotel concierge has given his account of the robbery to ET, stating that Kim Kardashian's jewels were never intended to be stolen. "When she saw police, because they were dressed like police, she didn't understand for a few seconds," going on to say that she thought they wanted her mobile phone. 

"[The robber] said, 'I don't need phones' in French, [but] he doesn't understand English, and also she didn't understand French, and the guy was asking for money, money, money," he explains. "She believed that they were there for her ring. She showed her hand...there is no ring, and the guy is like, 'Where is the ring?' At the moment she gave him her ring—it was on a table close to the floor—she gave her ring to the guy...and he put it in his pocket."

When Kim said that she didn't have any cash on her, she gave them her jewellery box. "They weren't there for jewels at first, they were there for money," he says. "He put the jewels in his [backpack] and he left the bag open, that is why he lost some jewels and the gold in the hotel."

The concierge also adds that Kim was "screaming like hell" throughout the incident. Each new slice of information just makes this event even more harrowing.

7. Newly-surfaced security footage reportedly shows the suspected assailants who robbed Kim Kardashian at gunpoint approaching and leaving her hotel in Paris

The video shows five suspected robbers heading towards Kim's hotel at 2:19 AM and were then seen leaving approximately 49 minutes later, moving much faster than when they arrived, according to TMZ. One appears to be holding a backpack which could contain the stolen jewellery.

8. A breakthrough in the case has occurred as DNA traces have been found at the scene

As French prosecuters formally open the investigation into the robbery, it's understood that DNA has been found at the luxury apartment where Kim Kardashian West was staying. A source told the AFP that the investigation is focusing on "armed theft in a gang, criminal conspiracy and kidnapping." It's so far unclear whether the DNA will be enough to nab the thief.

9. Kim Kardashian returns to social media

Kim has broken her social media radio silence by quietly coming back onto Twitter only to unfollow a mass collection of people. This is the first time she has made an appearance on social media since the incident. When fans realised she was online, they flooded her mentions with support.

10. Kim Kardashian is suing a website for claiming her robbery was fake

Kim Kardashian West has filed a lawsuit against online media site, after they published a story claiming her robbery was fake, according to TMZ. The case reportedly revolves around three stories published by the site, which claimed - among other things - that Kim's mother Kris Jenner "staged" the attack. 

11. A stolen diamond necklace is recovered

According to a report by TMZone piece of Kim's stolen jewellery collection has been recovered. The diamond necklace, valued at approximately $43,000, was reportedly found by a passerby on the sidewalk outside Kim's Parisian apartment the day after the robbery. Police are hoping it will contain DNA that could help them track down any suspects. 

12. Kim hires ex-Secret Service and for protection

Kim has upped her security team since the attack to include former members of the Secret Service, according to reports. New York Magazine say the star has also met with "former special force members of the Israeli army and ex-CIA agents". 

13. Kris Jenner breaks her radio silence

After a week of social media silence Kris Jenner has posted a message in support of Kim to Instagram. "Every morning is a reminder of how blessed we are," she wrote. "Today I am grateful for my family, who I love more than words can explain." 

14. Kardashian security guard $1.4 million in debt 

Reports revealed Kim's bodyguard Pascal Duvier filed for bankruptcy 10 weeks ago, and is more than $1.6 million in debt. The news came amid accusations from Kardashian's former bodygaurd that the robbery looked like an "inside job".

15. CCTV footage of robbers discovered

Parisian police are relying heavily on limited CCTV footage in their hunt for the robbers. Some reports suggest footage in the reflection of a nail salon window may be the key piece of evidence they are looking for, while People are reporting that police are zeroing in on footage of a black limousine they believe may have harboured the criminals. 

16. Kendall, Kourtney and Kylie break their social media radio silence

After days of social media radio silence, Kim's sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian have posted to Instagram and Twitter respectively, though none  (unless you count Kourtney's cryptic quote) have directly referenced the robbery. 

17. Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been put on hold

Variety are reporting that production of the reality TV series is 'on hold' following the robbery. "Kim's well-being is our core focus right now," a spokesperson from E!, who produces the series, said. "No decision has been made as to when production will resume."

18. Kim's ex-security says the robbery looks like an inside job

Soon after the attack Kim's ex-bodyguard, Steve Stanulis, come out and claimed the situation was "100 per cent an inside job", suggesting that a staff member was either responsible or tipped off the robbers. "They went to this exclusive place, knew exactly where to go to find jewellery," he told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. 

19. Kim was tailed by 'fake cops' for three days before the robbery

Speaking to the Daily Mail a source close to French police revealed that Kim "was tailed for at least three days before the robbery," and that a man pretending to be a photographer followed the star to keep tabs on her whereabouts. The same source claims  there was another man pretending to be a plain-clothed detective who tried to sit next to Kardashian at Ferdi restaurant in Paris two nights before the attack. 

20. Caitlyn Jenner speaks out in support of Kim

Caitlyn Jenner posted an Instagram snap in support of Kim three hours ago, writing "Love my girl! After hearing the full story, I'm so thankful she's okay. It's a reminder for us all to be careful in the uncertainty of this world." The post came after Jenner recieved criticism for posting a snap about how much "fun" she was having with daughter Kylie Jenner, a mere day after Kim's ordeal happened. 

21. Karl Lagerfeld speaks out

Karl Lagerfeld spoke about the robbery during post-show press at the Chanel runway show, controversially (Karl, controversial? Never!) blaming Kim's social media habits for the robbery. "If you are that famous and you put all your jewellery on the net, you go to hotels where nobody can come near your room," he said. "You cannot display your wealth and then be surprised that some people want to share it with you."

22. We learn how Kim escaped

A source told People that Kim "was tied up, and gagged with tuct tape around her head. [The robbers] put plastic ties around her wrists but she managed to squeeze her hands out of the wrist ties by wriggling her hands". She then ran to the balcony and screamed for help. While this was happening Kim's friend and stylist, Simone Harouche, who was staying in the private residence while the attack was happening, locked herself in a bathroom and messaged Kim's security, who reportedly arrived two minutes after the robbers escaped. 

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