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Officials urge vigilance after Dillard student robbed at gunpoint

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NEW ORLEANS - An armed robbery in the middle of the day near Dillard University prompts officials to remind students to be careful when leaving campus.

The robbery happened last Thursday near the corner of Warrington Drive and Pelopidas just before noon, according to the NOPD. That corner is about one block from the University's back gate.

Police say a 24-year-old man was getting into a car when another man tapped on the passenger side window with a gun.

The victim gave up his book bag along with $40 and his I. D. The police report says the victim saw a second man in the distance that may have been acting as a look out.

People in the neighborhood say that it is usually pretty quiet along this street, but they have had a few incidents recently. One man said his pit bulls puppies were stolen from his yard at the same corner about three weeks ago.

Casey Calhoun is a student that parks there regularly. She is surprised to hear about the robbery.

"I wouldn't believe that would happen," Calhoun said. "I usually have other things on my mind so I just try to get to my car."

Calhoun also thought it would be difficult for crimes to happen here during the day.

"Usually this street, the neighbors in this neighborhood, they usually look out their windows and are standing outside so I basically speak to everyone on the street," she said.

A number of students say they park along these streets because parking passes are expensive and parking on campus is limited, but with this latest incident they will be a lot more cautious as they head to their cars.

"Now walking down the street I really would look at my surroundings a little bit more."

Dillard officials say they always increase safety training around this time since robberies and thefts increase during the holidays, but in light of this most recent event, students should be extra cautious.

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