NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "I just thought it was crazy how close it was to the school and to us," Elex Carter said.
News quickly spread of a brazen armed robbery Thursday just before 11 p.m. involving a Xavier student just steps away from campus.
"I hear about it via email from the emergency alert system that we have on-campus," Alexandria Ward said.
"I took a double take. I looked at it and saw the 4000 block of Drexel and said, 'Oh, it's this block,'" said Professor Mark Quinn.
Professor Quinn doesn't only work at Xavier, he also lives in the block where the armed robbery happened.
"It's very unusual. It was very surprising to hear about it last night," he said.
"The student was walking down Drexel and there was a black male standing on a porch," said Xavier's Interim Police Chief Albert Cornish .
Cornish said the man stepped down off the porch and approached the student.
"He implied that he had a weapon, but he didn't see a weapon," Cornish said.
He said the robber demanded the student's backpack, watch and cell phone.
"After he got the backpack and other items, he just took off up the street," Cornish said.
"No, it happens, but it shouldn't happen," said Dell Best.
Students tell FOX 8 that while it happened just off campus, it's on a block where the students continuously walk back and forth between their dorm rooms and class.
Xavier University Police are now assisting the NOPD with the investigation. In the meantime, they say they've beefed up patrols in the area.
"We have bike patrols. We have vehicle patrols. We have officers on foot. Also we have officers who ride the golf carts," Cornish said.
Students says they'll remain vigilant, and always try to walk in groups, but they're hoping the robber is caught soon.