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Man robbed at knifepoint 1 block from Tulane campus

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A man wielding a knife jumped out of a car and robbed someone one block from Tulane University Monday night.

It happened at about 10:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Palmer Avenue near Willow, where college students say even though there's almost constant activity, they're remaining vigilant.

"There's a lot of young kids, a lot of college students that are walking to and from class all day at anytime of the day or night," said Jorge Fuentes, who lives nearby.

Fuentes said with so many people always out and about he's surprised that the armed robbery happened.

"It's certainly not something we're used to hearing about in this neighborhood at all," he said.

Tulane students, though, aren't shocked at all. They received an alert from the university Tuesday morning, and say it isn't the first one they've gotten.

"Over the past couple of weeks, I'd say since the beginning of April they've probably sent out about six or seven crime reports about robberies in the area," said student Alex Brown.  

"We do get them about the robberies, and we're aware that it's happening," said student Julia Berkey. "It hits literally closer to home when it's on a block where you live - just a block over - so it does like, we walk our dog at night so it makes us less likely to do that."

Police said the robber jumped out of parked white Crown Victoria wielding a 2- to 3-inch knife and demanded the victim's property. The victim, a 32-year-old man, handed over his bag with a laptop, iPhone and iPad inside.

"You're almost literally on campus, and the Tulane PD does patrol right here all the time," Berkey said.

But students say even with the presence of police in the area, they'll remain vigilant, hoping the robber is caught soon.

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