Kim Kardashian West: French arrests over Paris robbery
Seventeen people have been arrested by police hunting an armed gang who robbed Kim Kardashian West in Paris in October, reports say.
The suspects, said to be mainly in their fifties and known to police, were detained in co-ordinated raids in the Paris region and elsewhere.
The American reality TV star was held at gunpoint by men dressed as police officers.
They escaped with an estimated €10m (£8.7m; $10.5m) in jewellery.
Police said at the time a €4m ring and a jewellery box with pieces worth some €6m were taken. A diamond cross pendant was found the next day in a nearby street, apparently dropped by the gang as they made their getaway by bicycle and on foot.
Five men took part in the attack. Three held up the night porter while the other two entered Kardashian West’s luxury apartment, tied her up and locked her in the bathroom.
French police said that traces of DNA had led to the arrests which had been left at the scene on the material used to tie up the TV star as well as the pendant dropped by the gang.
The police organised crime brigade (BRB) carried out dawn raids on Monday in the Paris area, in Rouen in the north and in Nice in the south. Those detained ranged in age from 23 to 73, French media said, and investigators now have 96 hours to question them.
“One of the DNA samples matched an individual known to police for robbery and criminal offences,” police said.
Following the discovery, a team of six BRB detectives tapped the phones of suspects and even tracked a meeting involving a member of the gang and potential buyers of Kardashian West’s jewels.