NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans and Tulane police departments are investigating several burglaries and an armed robbery around Tulane's campus over the weekend.
During their morning walk, Tulane junior Avery Newsome and her mom were talking about a recent rash of crimes near campus.
"In the last two weeks we've gotten a lot of different alerts," Newsome said.
At 2:30 Sunday morning, TUPD said a Tulane student was walking in the 1900 block of Broadway when a man approached him and asked for a lighter, then pulled out a pistol and demanded his belongings. The robber got away with $3 and two debit cards.
Just hours before that, four Tulane students in the 7400 block of Zimpel street reported that someone broke into their unlocked home. This time, the crook took off with wallets and laptops.
It was a similar story Saturday afternoon in the 900 block of Audubon when someone broke into an unlocked home and took a wallet.
"It happens in the middle of the day, some of these robberies occur at very unsuspecting times," John Decleene,who moved down here from Philadelphia, said. "Coming down here, I didn't expect there to be so much crime in the immediate area around Tulane especially. That definitely surprised me because there was so much with break-ins and robberies and people being held up getting out of their cars."
He takes precautions to stay safe. One of them is locking doors, something he tries to get his roommates to do.
"They don't lock their doors. So I have to have a conversation about that," Decleene said.
Avery Newsome said she and her roommates are always on alert.
"Everybody knows (to) be cautious, be safe. don't walk alone. We usually stay in big groups. The bigger the group, the better," Newsome said.
For them, being proactive is the best way to prevent crimes from happening.
Police are searching for a suspect in the robbery on Broadway Street.
Police described the armed robber as a black male, about 20-to-25 years old, 5'7" inches with a slim build and shoulder-length dreadlocks. Police said he had no facial hair and was wearing a black jogging suit.
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