Xavier student robbed just off campus

Xavier Student robbed just off campus

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "It's like, scary because a lot of people are walking around here," Nia Alexander said.

Xavier students are reacting to an armed robbery that happened just steps from campus Monday night.

"It happened in the 4800 block of Dixon Street to the best of our determination," Xavier Police Chief Duane Carkum said.

Police said it was just after 8:30 p.m. when a man approached a female student who was walking down Dixon. He demanded her property and implied he had a weapon when he reached his right hand under his shirt.

The victim, though, struggled with the robber over her purse.

"The subject struck her, took her cellular phone and fled in an unknown direction," Carkum said.

Carkum said the student immediately called for help, and they were the first to respond before the NOPD took over the investigation.

"In addition to beefed-up patrols, one of the methods we use to keep our campus as one of the safest campuses in the state, is we use an escort service for our students, particularly during finals," Carkum said.

Right now, the students are in the middle of finals and many use Dixon Street to walk from their dorms to the library.

"I try not to leave my room past a certain time. If I do, I try to go with a group of people because I know I don't think it's safe to walk by yourself from the campus to the library," Kelsey Mbadugha said.

Carkum said there are things students should do to avoid becoming victims.

"They can do things like walking in pairs, avoiding dark areas and avoiding areas that are somewhat isolated from our campus," Carkum said.

The Xavier police chief said there hasn't been a robbery on campus for the past three years.

So far, no arrest has been made. If you know anything that could help police, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved.