NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Three Tulane students were robbed at gunpoint just blocks away from campus early Sunday.
It happened in the 1900 block of Broadway just after 2 a.m.
"I was walking and I was right at the corner of Cohn and Broadway and this guy came up behind me and asked, 'Do you have a lighter?' and I said, 'No I'm sorry,' and that was it, we were done talking," one victim, who remains anonymous, said.
So the man kept walking to his front door but realized he forgot his house key. As he called his roommate to open the door, the man asking for a lighter showed up again.
"I heard a voice behind me say, 'Give me your wallet,' and I turned around and the same guy who asked me for a lighter was standing behind me holding a gun," the victim said.
He handed over his wallet, two debit cards, and three dollars cash.
"When he had the gun pointed at me, I didn't think it was real life, I just didn't think that it was really happening. You've seen it in movies, you see it, but the stakes were real high, this guy had a gun and he was kinda nervous, I was nervous. It was just a terrible interaction, you know because he was robbing me," the victim said.
That's when the thief took off down the street but stopped a few houses down to rob two more people sitting on their porch. Tulane police say that those two victims were also Tulane students.
"I saw it happening, I was watching it and once he left I peeked out on the sidewalk, he was gone, I think he went around the corner and got in a car or something," the victim said. "It was really fast, it was like a whirlwind, 20 seconds in and out."
Now he's worried students like him are easy pickings for thieves looking for a quick score.
"Anyone who is trying to rob an area would want to rob an area where there is concentrated wealth and if there's a student, especially when there's young people. They don't know what to do in a situation like this. They are mostly defenseless, they don't have guns, a student is a perfect victim," the man said.
Tulane Police alerted the community about the incident early Sunday morning.
Police think the man escaped toward S. Claiborne Avenue.
New Orleans police say that according to witness statements, the suspect is described as a black man who is 20-25 years old. He is 5'7" tall with a slim build and was wearing a black jogging/track style suit with a black baseball cap. He is also described as being clean shaven and having shoulder-length dreadlocks.
If you have any information that could help police contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.