After a recent spike in armed robberies near Tulane University, campus police are doubling the amount of off-campus patrols in the surrounding neighborhoods and changing the way students request a shuttle bus. Students were victims in four of the area's seven robberies since Thanksgiving. So far this semester, at least 23 people have been robbed while walking in the area, 14 of whom were students. Eleven of those students were held up at gunpoint.
New Orleans police have arrested suspects in two of the armed robberies that occurred in September, said Sgt. Warren Keller of the New Orleans Police Department's Second District. There have been no arrests in the remaining 21 cases, Keller said.
Students walking to and from restaurants and bars are frequently targeted because they are carrying money, credit cards and cell phones, added Sgt. Chris Billiot.
Others are falling victim in the neighborhood as well, Billiot said, including a couple who was robbed at knifepoint returning home from the bank last week and a man was robbed at gunpoint while taking out his trash.