NOPD releases unsettling surveillance video of armed robbery suspect

Published: May. 4, 2016 at 8:40 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2016 at 9:14 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Surveillance video may help bring in the person who robbed two Loyola students at gunpoint. Someone targeted the two women near the intersection of Cherokee and Freret Streets on April 27.

The video shows a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt lurking behind a car just minutes before the robbery. The video didn't capture the crime, but New Orleans police believe the man in the video is responsible.

We talked with a Tulane student who was walking in the area Wednesday. She wasn't comfortable showing her face or using her name.

"I think it's pretty freaky. That's probably my biggest fear when I am walking home at night, somebody is just going to be hiding around here," she said.

The robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. Investigators said the man pulled out a pistol, ordered the victims to throw down their belongings, turn around and run away. He then took off with their property. The NOPD said the robber was holding a dark rag or part of his sweatshirt over his mouth.

"I just think it's something that is very scary, especially for students. I live down the street on Freret and this is a block away from my house," said Loyola student Connor Ellison.

Both Tulane and Loyola Universities alerted students about the crime.

"I had a few friends talk about it, just asking, but mostly I just got an update on it in my email from my school and it just really scared me," Ellison said.

Ellison said he'll now be taking extra safety precautions.

"It just kind of makes you a little bit paranoid when you are walking around and stuff, because I know I'm going to second guess a lot of things when I am walking at night, maybe even do a buddy system, force my roommate to come out," Ellison said.

A Loyola University spokesperson says they don't comment on on-going investigations but the safety and welfare of students is their utmost concern. The university says it's their standard practice to alert students of crimes in the area and remind them to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

If you can help investigators with the case, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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