Tulane students worried after early-morning crimes

Tulane students worried after early-morning crimes

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police are looking for two college-aged men accused of beating a group of Tulane students Thursday in an early-morning attack.

Police said the students were walking down Oak Street near Broadway at about 2:15 a.m. when they were approached by two other men. According to police, one of the students started arguing with one of the suspects when the fight turned physical. That's when the two suspects began beating all three students, eventually knocking two unconscious and then stealing their wallets.

Students who live nearby were appalled that the attack happened so close to campus.

"That is shocking, that is very shocking. Usually people wouldn't mess with somebody unless they were by themselves.I do believe in safety in numbers and I do think you should stick with it - don't give up safety in numbers," Malik Morgan, a Tulane student, said.

On Thursday morning, students across campus got an alert about the crime. It was the second alert students received this week after a woman was awakend by an intruder with his hand around her neck.

"It's terrible. It sucks that we can't even be comfortable, it's supposed to be Tulane's neighborhood, so I think we should have better patrols first off, and I get the alerts so often that I just end up ignoring them," said Anrekha Randall, a Tulane psychology major.

Now some students are worried to walk alone in the neighborhoods around campus.

"I never see crime happening, like I've never experienced it, none of my friends have - but now that I moved down for the summer, we get these emails like a couple times a week now," said student Patrick Levenson. "It's a little weird, I've been walking my friends back to campus if we're at someone's house usually, because now that I live off campus, it doesn't feel as safe."

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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