NEW ORLEANS—Campus and city police have increased patrols on and around Audubon Street and near Tulane's campus following a pair of armed robberies of women two hours apart last Friday night.
News of the security beef-up spread once Tulane University sent out email alerts to it students, notifying them of a female student being stuck-up at gunpoint on Audubon Street's 800 block and of a female being carjacked two hours later in Audubon's 1800 block.
Neither woman was injured, police said, and it is not known whether the incidents are connected.
The robberies took place last Friday night and Saturday morning between 10:30pm and 12:30am.
The first hold-up happened when a hooded man on foot stole a student's purse at gunpoint.
Police say the carjacking took place when a the second victim was forced from her vehicle by a mask and glove-wearing man who drove off with her cellphone and wallet also in the car.
A second robber was spotted, police said, but he fled from the scene in a car on Cohn Street.
Second District New Orleans Police say they've arrested Sherman Domino and Damien Dickerson for being in possession of that victim's stolen vehicle but not for robbery. Cops consider the apprehensions a promising lead.
Anyone with information on the crimes is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.