NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Some residents at a University of New Orleans student housing complex worry about their safety after an armed robbery took place at one of the apartments in broad daylight. It happened in the 2000 block of Lakeshore Drive.
“I texted my mom and was like, ‘You’ll never guess what happened,’” said Iman Smith, a resident of the complex.
Smith got an email from the university Wednesday night about the armed robbery earlier that day.
“It was terrifying for me because, like I said, I have a small child, and there’s an armed robbery happening like a block away from here where I’m supposed to feel safe coming in with my child every day,” Smith said.
The NOPD said the victim was in his apartment when he heard a knock at the door. When he answered, police say a man and a woman asked if he was “selling.” The victim said no and closed the door.
They knocked a second time, and the victim answered again.
Police say the two pointed a gun at the victim’s head, forced their way in and demanded money. The man and the woman then walked the victim to his vehicle and forced him drive to two ATMs to withdraw cash.
After returning to the apartment, police say the the two drove off in a black Chevy Malibu.
“It’s raised a question of, am I living in a safe place or not? So, it’s really a life-threatening thing going on here on campus, and it feels like really shocking to me, during the day, armed robbery,” Harihar Ojah said.
Some students said they were surprised this happened around 1:00 in the afternoon.
“It kind of freaks me out a bit, you know, cause it’s just me and my roommate there, so like, you know, I’ve been locking the doors, you know. Making sure it’s ok,” Zion Marable said.
Police say the victim did not know the armed robbers.
UNO President John Nicklow sent out a statement saying, “Any criminal act on our campus is one too many. We believe that the University of New Orleans remains an overwhelmingly safe place to live, learn and work. We remain committed to continually improving the safety and security of our campus community.”
While residents of the complex say the gates are usually open and unsupervised, Levee Police guarded the gates Thursday afternoon.
“I don’t get home until around 9:30, 9:45 at night, and I don’t really see like police patrolling specifically in the complex. They’re more like driving along the campus, but not in the complex,” said Smith. “And now I go, after the event’s already happened, and I see police parked outside.”
The NOPD said officers are working with UNO Police and have several leads in the investigation. They’re urging anyone with information to contact the Third District or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.