Paris, Apr 13 (AFP) French police have arrested a man on the Cote d’Azur over the robbery at gunpoint of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris in 2016, sources involved in the investigation said today. Also Read - Former Adidas Owner Bernard Taupie, Wife Tied up, Beaten in Late Night Robbery at Home
The man is to be brought before a magistrate later to face possible charges, a judicial source said. Also Read - Three Dead, 4 Injured in House Party Shooting in North Carolina
Ten people have already been charged over the October 2, 2016 robbery at a luxury residence where Kardashian was staying during Paris Fashion Week. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial
Five men tied her up, gagged her and locked her in a bathroom, before making off with USD 10.6 million in jewels, including her four-million-euro diamond engagement ring.
The robbery was the biggest of an individual in France in the past 20 years.
One of the robbers fleeing the scene on a bicycle dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros, which was found by a passer-by a few hours later.
It remains the only piece to be recovered from the heist.
The suspected ringleader, 60-year-old Aomar Ait Khedache, told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for Kardashian’s 18.88-carat ring, which she had flaunted on Instagram.
Ait Khedache said it was “too recognisable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.
The police believe part of the loot was sold in Belgium. (AFP) MRJ MRJ
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.