Tulane student awoken by burglar's hand on her throat

Tulane student awoken by burglar's hand on her throat

A Tulane student woke up to an intruder inside her home Sunday morning near campus.

According to the Tulane University Police Department, the student returned to her residence in the 1000 block of Pine Street around 3:30 a.m. then woke up around 4:50 a.m. with the intruder's hand around her throat. Police say the woman screamed and the intruder fled the residence.

TUPD describes the burglar as a black male with dark complexion and short dreadlocks.

A similar incident occurred on June 14, 2015 when a 20-year-old woman woke up around 4:30 a.m. to an intruder with his hand covering her mouth. The woman told police she screamed for help, which scared him off. This incident occurred in the 1700 block of Broadway about half-a-mile away from Sunday morning's incident.

The report from TUPD on the June 14 incident described the perpetrator as a man standing about 5'8" tall with a short haircut.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

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