Burglars tie up victim, ransack home while looking for drugs

Burglars tie up victim, ransack home while looking for drugs

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man was sleeping in his Uptown home Wednesday when burglars broke in, tied him up and ransacked the residence, according to an initial New Orleans police report.

A noise woke up the 23-year-old victim. He discovered four men standing at his front door in the 7500 block of Willow Street.

The perpetrators demanded money and drugs from the man. They tied him up, searched the house and fled with the victims' cellphone, money, car keys and car, according to the report.

The burglary happened around 2:10 p.m.

After hearing about a police investigation in the neighborhood, Lusher Charter Elementary School moved its aftercare classes into the cafeteria out of an abundance of caution.

Two Tulane University students were robbed at gunpoint.

Police say that one of the students was inside the house when two men ran inside, demanded drugs from the victim, then tied him up while they searched the house.

The student's roommate then walked in and he too was asked for drugs prior to being tied up.

The four perpetrators in the Willow Street burglary are described as black males. The gunman and his accomplice in the Broadway Street are described as white men in their 20s.

Authorities have not said if they believe the crimes are connected.

If you have any information that could help police with either case, you are asked to call the NOPD at 504-821-2222, Tulane Police at 504-865-5381 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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