Two men robbed at gunpoint near Hillel Saturday night

Kate Jamison, Online News Editor

Two males, who are not affiliated with Tulane, were robbed at gunpoint at 9:18 p.m. on Saturday on the 7200 block of Burthe Street, near the corner of Broadway and Burthe Streets by the Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life, also known as Tulane Hillel, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman Aaron Looney and reports from Tulane University Police Department.

The victims were approached by two unknown males, each carrying handguns. The suspects demanded the victims give them a neck chain, a wallet, and a cell phone. The suspects took the chain, phone, and cash from the wallet and fled on foot towards Pine Street. 

The suspects are described as two unknown black males who are both approximately 20 years old and 6 feet tall with slim builds. One was wearing dark clothing and a dark windbreaker jacket. 

NOPD is investigating. A Tulane University Police Department officer assisted in securing the scene and searching for the suspects. TUPD did not send out a crime alert to the Tulane community about this incident. 

TUPD Superintendent Jon Barnwell said the crime, while close to campus, did not fall within the boundaries for crime alerts required by the Clery Act. The act only requires institutions to send out alerts about on campus threats, according to the U.S. Department of Education website. 

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