clear
Saturday November 18th, 2017 5:19AM
9:48PM ( 7 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Kardashian robbery probe: Driver, 2 others freed; DNA found

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

PARIS (AP) — French investigators have released a chauffeur for Kim Kardashian West and two other people in their probe into the robbery of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from the star's Paris apartment in October.

The driver's brother and 13 others, including two women, remained in custody Wednesday night after a round of arrests this week, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

Authorities are focusing on the possibility that the robbery was an inside job.

The Paris prosecutor's office said chauffeur Michael Madar, 40, was among three people released overnight, including a woman. Madar is believed to have driven Kardashian the night of the robbery.

Madar and his brother Gary Madar, 27, work for the same car service company and were among those arrested Monday.

The younger Madar and four other people still in custody are suspected of a direct role in the robbery, the office said. Investigators have also found the DNA of one suspect, Aomar Ait Khedache, a 60-year-old Algeria-born French citizen, at the scene, it added.

The suspects arrested Monday ranged in age from 23 to 72 and included several people known for prior robberies and other crimes, according to a police document seen by The Associated Press.

A French investigating judge may travel to the United States to speak with Kardashian West.

The jewels have not been recovered. In neighboring Belgium, the Antwerp prosecutor's office would not comment Wednesday on reports that the stolen goods might have been smuggled to Antwerp, a major jewel trading center.

Thieves are believed to have forced their way into the private apartment where Kardashian West was staying during Paris Fashion Week, tied her up and stole the jewelry.

Kardashian West has not commented publicly since Monday's arrests.

___

Philippe Sotto contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse
The moon is blotting the sun from the sky in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century
1:54PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Clouds move to give Nashville crowd a clear view
After staying behind the clouds, the sun in Nashville moved into the clear to happy staring crowds at the Nashville Zoo
1:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Pentagon chief confirms Navy probe of accidents
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirms that the Navy will conduct a broad investigation into the collision in Southeast Asia between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker, and other recent Navy accidents at sea
1:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: 1st US coast-to-coast total eclipse begins
The first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has begun in Oregon
1:21PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Moon begins blotting out the sun in historic US eclipse
The moon has begun blotting the sun from the sky in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century
1:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
Barcelona fugitive shot dead outside city wearing bomb belt
Police shot dead the suspect in the Barcelona van attack after an intense manhunt that had raised fears throughout the region
12:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Trump to outline Afghan strategy in national TV address
President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan
12:06PM ( 2 hours ago )
Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year
Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years
11:58AM ( 2 hours ago )
Spain: Police shoot man wearing possible bomb belt
A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured
11:56AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online National News
The Latest: Spanish paper says Barcelona suspect is captured
The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia is reporting that the fugitive suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been captured
10:54AM ( 3 hours ago )
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know for Today: At least 10 U.S. sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collides with a tanker east of Singapore; Tributes flood social media in wake of comedian Jerry Lewis's death.
9:11AM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Spanish officials meet to discuss attacks
Spain's interior minister is meeting with representatives of almost all political parties to brief them about the investigation into the deadly attacks that killed 15 people in Catalonia last week
8:01AM ( 6 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US
A Russian diplomat, who gained the reputation of a hawk during his earlier tenure at the Defense Ministry, was named the new ambassador to the United States on Friday
1:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Car drove at high speed across Catalan vineyard
The daughter of a Catalan vineyard owner says her father alerted police after they saw a car crossing their property at high speed even though the vineyard was closed off
12:05PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Robot in Spain removes man's possible explosives
Catalan public radio says a bomb disposal robot has removed a possible explosives belt from a suspect who was shot down by police in a town outside Barcelona
11:37AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions
Anquan Boldin says a violent, racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused him to re-assess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons
1:13PM ( 1 hour ago )
Dudamel tour of US cancelled amid feud with Venezuela govt
A four-city U.S. tour by classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel is being cancelled after President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the Venezuela-born conductor for his criticism of the government's crackdown on protests
12:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis knew how to laugh and cry
If jokes are the children of pain, then Jerry Lewis was a natural father
4:17AM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died
6:38PM ( 19 hours ago )
Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84
Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died at 84. Gregory was one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences
4:24PM ( 21 hours ago )
Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, multitalented entertainer and filmmaker, dies at 91 in Las Vegas
4:05PM ( 22 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse
The moon is blotting the sun from the sky in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century
1:54PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Clouds move to give Nashville crowd a clear view
After staying behind the clouds, the sun in Nashville moved into the clear to happy staring crowds at the Nashville Zoo
1:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Pentagon chief confirms Navy probe of accidents
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirms that the Navy will conduct a broad investigation into the collision in Southeast Asia between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker, and other recent Navy accidents at sea
1:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slender Man attack
One of two teenagers charged with stabbing a classmate to impress a fictitious character called Slender Man has decided to plead guilty to a lesser charge
1:36PM ( 38 minutes ago )
AP source: NFL, Goodell working on 5-year contract extension
Person with knowledge of negotiations tells AP: NFL, Goodell working on 5-year extension
1:33PM ( 42 minutes ago )