UPDATED 10/03/16 6:00 p.m. ET: When Kanye West abruptly ended his headlining set at Meadows Festival in New York Sunday night citing a "family emergency," fans immediately expressed their concern for the wellbeing of West's wife, Kim Kardashian, and their two children. Shortly after West left the Meadows Festival grounds, news broke that Kardashian had been the victim of an armed robbery at her apartment in Paris. Though West and Kardashian have remained understandably silent regarding the incident, local authorities have now released details of the harrowing robbery at the hands of five unidentified men in "ski masks and police jackets."
A representative for Kim Kardashian told E! News Monday morning that she was "held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room [Sunday] evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers." TMZ reported Monday morning that Kardashian bodyguard Pascal Duvier, pictured above, "may have been protecting two other Kardashians" at the time of the robbery.
The French Interior Ministry said five men are believed to have threatened the hotel concierge with a weapon before handcuffing him and forcing him to let two of them inside Kardashian's quarters. Upon making their way into the residence, the men "gagged and bound" Kardashian at her hands and feet before holding her at gunpoint. "She begged for them to let her live and [said] she has babies at home," a source told E! News. "Then they wrapped her mouth in tape and put her in the bathtub. She thought they were for sure going to kill her."
According to a report from TMZ early Monday evening, Kardashian was "ordered out of bed by masked men she initially thought were going to rape her." Sources tell TMZ that Kardashian quickly knew something was wrong when she heard "boots pounding up the stairs" of her Paris apartment, reaching for her phone to notify her security team. A friend, Simone, was reportedly asleep on the bottom floor when the robbery transpired. Simone is believed to have contacted security and Kourtney Kardashian after locking herself inside a bathroom. Pascal Duvier, Kardashian's bodyguard, reportedly arrived back at the apartment just two minutes after the robbers escaped.
The five men ultimately made off with one of Kardashian's rings, worth an estimated $4.49 million, in addition to a box of jewelry worth approximately $5.6 million. According to People, the robbers also confiscated two cellphones. The men are believed to be still at large after escaping the hotel on bikes, NBC News New York reported. Kardashian left Paris via private jet immediately after speaking with local authorities. Kardashian and West's children, North and Saint, were not involved in the incident. Kendall Jenner, who was in Paris with Kardashian at the time of the robbery, also left Paris on a separate plane early Monday.
Page Six noted Monday that, according to an insider, the hotel in question is actually more of a "home" for the Kardashians. Kanye West has reportedly owned the Hotel de Pourtalès residence "for years" and has spent "many nights" there. "It's their home," the insider said. This is why, the insider speculated, the robbery was so extensively planned out. "They knew exactly what room, etc," the insider told Page Six.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo spoke out regarding the attack Monday, condemning the actions of the armed robbers and noting that Kim Kardashian and her family are "always welcome" in her city:
Kardashian arrived back safely in New York City alongside Kanye West Monday. As TMZ reported, the couple had a caravan of 10 vehicles and as many as 20 bodyguards (including Duvier) on the scene, in addition to NYPD officers: