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Suspects in armed robberies near Tulane campus arrested

The suspects are accused of committing armed robbery of two different groups on January 15.

NEW ORLEANS — Two teenage suspects have been arrested in a string of armed robberies of Tulane students on January 15.

The two suspects are juveniles ages 15 and 16, according to a press release from the Tulane University Police Department.

Six people were robbed at gunpoint in two separate incidents on Hilary Street on January 15. 

According to NOPD, around 1 a.m. Sunday the 15th on the corner of Hillary and Zimple streets, three armed men approached three male victims, ages 20 and 21. The suspects were in a dark sedan and demanded the victims’ phones and wallets. The victims complied.

Then around 1:15 a.m. Sunday just about a block away on Hillary Street near Oak Street, three or four armed men in a black sedan approached three 20-year-old women and demanded their property.

Ring doorbell video captured the second armed robbery. It shows two men jumping out of a dark car while holding guns. They approach the women who scream, take their belongings, then the suspects run back to the car and speed off. 

The robberies led to a noticeable police presence around campus in the following days.

Tuesday's press release reminded students to be aware of their surroundings at all times, beware of individuals approaching their vehicles, and to always park in a well-lit area.

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