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Tulane student wakes to find strange man in her bedroom

New Orleans, La. - A Tulane student says her roommate was alone early Sunday morning in their home on Broadway Street when she woke up to a man standing near her bed and fondling himself.

"Even though we thought everything was locked, obviously it wasn't or it wasn't safe enough. You can really never be too careful," says the student, who didn't want to be identified.

The man, who ran away from the scene, is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, in his mid 20's with dark hair and a heavy build.

"The fence is broken now," said the roommate. "It wasn't before so he definitely had to jump a fence and force his way in through our back door."

The house the man entered is among those along Tulane's Fraternity/Sorority Row.  It's typically a very busy area during the regular school year, but not at 6:30 on a Sunday morning in summer.

With fewer people around, there are fewer eyes looking out for neighbors.  But the summer students aren't left in the dark when it comes to crime near campus.

"Oh yes, we have an email system, an automated one that tells us about every crimes in the area," said student K.J. Schmidt. 

Other students knew about Sunday morning's incident within hours of it happening.

"We let them know," said Capt. Reid Noble of the Tulane Police Department. "They are well aware of what's going on out there."

Tulane's Police Department works with the NOPD to send crime alerts via email.  "It goes out to all students, all faculty, all staff and all administrators which is the entire Tulane community," said Noble.

The latest to go out was about an armed robbery Monday morning.  It happened on Calhoun Street and it's the fourth armed robbery in the area this month.

"I can safely say I've gotten a large amount of crime reports in the last few weeks," said student Harrison Jordan.

The anonymous student added, "It definitely is scary to get these crime reports and to know this stuff is going on this close to home."

But all agree, it's better to be aware of the danger, than get caught uninformed and off guard.

There were no signs of forced entry in the case of the man entering the home on Broadway Sunday morning.  The students who live there say multiple new locks are going on their doors and they suggest other students in the area do the same.

If you would like to get crime alerts from Tulane, go to http://tulane.edu/police/alerts_list.cfm

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