PARIS (AP) – Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewellery boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighbour-hood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage – and then surrendered, authorities said.
The unusual drama in the French capital sent heads turning from the Champs-Elysees shopping district to the southern neighbourhood where the gunmen holed up in a hair salon. Police cordoned off a large area during a nearly two-hour standoff, and a helicopter circled.
Two armed assailants first targe-ted the jewellery boutique, then fled as police tried to stop them, the Interior Ministry said in a state-ment.
They dragged a woman from the boutique at gunpoint, then let her go outside, said witness Julien Reabourg, who works in a bar across the street.
“I got my clients away from the window in order to avoid stray bul-lets going left and right that could
hit one of them. So we went to the back of the bar and after we could hear gunfire,” he told The Associa-ted Press.