New details are emerging in the wake of Kim Kardashian West‘s Paris robbery.
The reality TV starlet herself has yet to break her silence herself, but the concierge, who actually claims to have been the security guard working at the hotel during the infamous heist, has more than a few things to say about the scandal!
ICYMI: he reportedly penned an open letter to the celeb about his “calm” demeanor last week.
Now speaking to Dailymail.com, Abdulrahman revealed just how poor the security was… and still is!
“There was no real security at all. It’s a choice. The hotel doesn’t mind about security. We told them years and years before, you have to make a camera, you have to put [in place] a security process, about keys. Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there.”
On top of that, the security codes to enter the building haven’t been changed in at least six years, and according to DailyMail.com, they still haven’t.
Following such a huge heist, it’s shocking the hotel wouldn’t amp up security measures!
Abdulrahman, who is looking to take legal action against the hotel, added there was also usually only one security guard on duty, and even warned his employers in a 2010 email about the lax security measures:
“I told the hotel years ago, you need better security and they didn’t mind. If you look at that big door, it wasn’t locked, it was open. We talked about it and nobody cared. The code of the door was never changed and everybody knew it. There is a camera in the main wall of the hotel, behind the big red [front] doors, but it didn’t work for years.”
Even with such high-profile guests staying at the residences, he explained:
“It was No Address, no security. Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there.”
The 39-year-old Algerian-native believes the No Address Hotel is to blame for not taking proper measures to “prevent” the heist, saying:
“Immediately afterwards, I was very angry, and the first one I blamed was the hotel. They are responsible, I think. And I still blame them now. I told them, look what you did! What I told you for six years? Security cameras and other things are meant for days like today, to prevent these things from happening. If you have good guards, electronic systems to lock the doors, it can be possible to secure the hotel. One day, someone might be killed. That is more important than a robbery of rocks and metal.”
Cameras probably would have been a good place to start, but as Abdulrahman described how the gang of thieves gained access to the hotel, it doesn’t sound like new security codes would have helped:
“I was behind the desk. The door was closed, but it is glass and they told me to open the door, making a motion behind the door. I saw police [uniforms], the hats, also the police jackets, with reflective badges, like the police have. I told them to open it because it was open, and he asked with gestures, he made me come to open the door. So I came to open it and just when I opened it, he grabbed me and handcuffed me.”
The key witness in the case also went on to divulge how he even had to help the robbers as an interpreter:
“In the first seconds, I thought they were policemen making an intervention. I told them, I’m working here, what is wrong? After that he questioned me, where is the security video? At that time, I said sh*t, it’s a robbery. At first I looked at them and one got very angry. He asked me to put my head down and never look at him again. He repeated, never, never look at me, or I will kill you. I saw that two of them had guns, then I just looked down.”
It’s interesting he would be able to speak about these details amid this ongoing investigation, especially considering the masked men are still on the loose.
Speaking more about the wake of the armed heist, he shared how he felt police didn’t handle the situation properly:
“It made me upset. The police were not very professional. They did not look after me afterwards, they didn’t offer me any counselling or anything. Psychologically, I have to repair myself. They told the press that I said [certain details] about the robbers’ identities,’ he said. ├óΓé¼╦£That was very dangerous for me, as it shows I gave evidence to the police.”
Well, we hope Abdulrahman remains safe and hopefully his information can help investigators track the suspects down.
[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]