Kim Kardashian West robbery: French police arrest 16 suspects

PARIS — French police arrested 16 people in connection with the armed robbery of Kim Kardashian West in a luxury Paris apartment, officials said Monday.

The suspects were being questioned and could be held for 96 hours before either being charged or let go, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed. The arrests occurred in five cities across France.

The reality TV star was held at gunpoint by two masked men at the Hôtel de Pourtalès, a mansion hotel popular with celebrities because of its privacy and exclusivity, and robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry late on Oct. 2.

The culprits escaped with a ring worth about $4.5 million and a jewelry box containing other items worth $5.6 million, judicial sources said at the time.

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At the time of the assault, a source with knowledge of the hotel's security said an overnight watchman was on duty when he was overcome by armed men. They took the key to where Kardashian West was staying and ran around the building trying to find the correct apartment.

Once inside the apartment, the men tied up Kardashian West and put her in the bathroom, the source said. The robbers seemed to have known that security was light, which triggered speculation the heist may have been an inside job.

The star was left "badly shaken but physically unharmed" after the incident, her spokeswoman said.

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A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris, France, October 3, 2016 where masked men robbed U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian West at gunpoint early on Monday, stealing jewellery worth millions of dollars, police and her publicist said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris, France, October 3, 2016 where masked men robbed U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian West at gunpoint early on Monday, stealing jewellery worth millions of dollars, police and her publicist said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Journalists stand in front of the entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris, France, October 3, 2016 where masked men robbed U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian West at gunpoint early on Monday, stealing jewellery worth millions of dollars, police and her publicist said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris, France, October 3, 2016 where masked men robbed U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian West at gunpoint early on Monday, stealing jewellery worth millions of dollars, police and her publicist said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: A close-up on the 'Rue Tronchet' street sign where is Kim Kardashian's Luxury Apartment, Hotel de Pourtales, after being robbed at gunpoint by masked men during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: A french police car is seen outside Kim Kardashian's Luxury Apartment after being robbed at gunpoint by masked men during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
Journalists work as police officers stand guard at the entrance to a hotel residence at the Rue Tronchet, near Madeleine, central Paris, on October 3, 2016, where US reality television star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint by assailants disguised as police who made off with millions, mainly in jewellery. Paris police on October 3 said that the loss amounted to 'several million euros, mostly jewellery,' adding that they were still assessing the total amount stolen and had opened an investigation. A spokesperson for the celebrity had earlier described her as 'badly shaken but physically unharmed' after the assault, which occurred late on October 2. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: A general view at Kim Kardashian's Luxury Apartment, Hotel de Pourtales on Rue Tronchet, after being robbed at gunpoint by masked men during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
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