“There was no real security at all,” the hotel worker, going only by Abdulrahman, told the Daily Mail on Tuesday. “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.”
Abdulrahman, 39, even claims that the hotel’s security code hadn’t changed in years.
“I told the hotel years ago, ‘You need better security,’ and they didn’t mind,” Abdulrahman continued. “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.”
The Daily Mail claims that at the time of their report, the code still hadn’t been changed.
As for why no CCTV cameras caught the culprits, there’s a simple explanation for that, too. “There is a camera in the main wall of the hotel,” he said, “behind the big red [front] doors, but it didn’t work for years.”
Abdulrahman gave a harrowing recount of the robbery, during which he and Kardashian, 35, were held at gunpoint while robbers stole Kardashian’s $4 million diamond ring from husband Kanye West, among other items.
“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,” he said. “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 … I came to open it and just when I opened it, he grabbed me and handcuffed me.”
Abdulrahman noted that two of the gang members wore balaclavas, while a third wore a collar pulled up to his eyes.
“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?’” he continued. “At that time, I said ‘S—t, it’s a robbery.’”
The robbers then forced Abdulrahman to the floor and cuffed him.
“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 said, “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.”
Abdulrahman claims that the police bungled the investigation afterward.
“I ended up having the handcuffs on until almost five in the morning because policemen did not have the ability to open them,” he said. “It made me upset. The police were not very professional. They did not look after me afterwards, they didn’t offer me any [counseling] or anything. Psychologically, I have to repair myself.”
He added, “They told the press that I said [certain details] about the robbers’ identities. That was very dangerous for me, as it shows I gave evidence to the police.”
Abdulrahman blames the Hôtel de Pourtalès for the robbery.
“Immediately afterwards, I was very angry, and the first one I blamed was the hotel. They are responsible, I think,” he said. “And I still blame them now. I told them, ‘Look what you did! … 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,” he warned. “That is more important than a robbery of rocks and metal.”