TUPD reports 2 armed robberies early Sunday

Aidan McCahill, Associate News Editor

New Orleans crime
Police said they will increase patrols around Tulane University’s campus after two armed robberies and a recent carjacking. (Gabe Darley)

Early Sunday morning, three students were victims of an armed robbery in the 1100 Block of Hillary Street, while three more students were robbed in the 1500 block of Hillary Street, Tulane University Police said.  

All six victims told police they were walking when a black SUV pulled in close behind. In both cases, two subjects exited the vehicle wielding firearms believed to be shotguns or rifles and demanded the victims’ possessions. 

After the victims handed over their valuables, the two subjects fled towards N. Carrollton Avenue. TUPD identified the subjects as three males in their teens or early twenties. 

Police responded to the call at 12:50 a.m. 

Sunday’s armed robberies came two days after an armed robbery and carjacking early Friday morning at the intersection of Broadway and Birch Streets. Police said they believe the three recent robberies were perpetrated by the same individuals.

In response to the increase in armed robberies over the past two weeks around Tulane’s campus, TUPD Chief of Police Kirk Bouyelas released a statement Sunday morning announcing increased patrol activity in the Broadway Street stretch next to campus. 

In the statement, TUPD also encouraged community members to use various safety services in and around campus including free shuttle services for off-campus and between campus travel; 24/7 TUPD escort service for any student, faculty or staff member on campus and in the surrounding areas off-campus. They also recommended the use of virtual escorts through the Everbridge app. 

Additionally, a new off-campus TUPD headquarters is nearing completion across the street from The Boot Bar and Grill. 

Students and staff with information regarding the incidents should call TUPD at (504)-865-5911 or NOPD at 911.

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