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** Crime Alert ** Crime Alert ** Crime Alert **

August 2009

Carjacking

 

AT ABOUT 1620 HOURS ON TUESDAY 8/25/09 A STUDENT WAS TALKING TO A FELLOW STUDENT ON HER CELL PHONE AS SHE WALKED TO HER CAR AT THE OLD ECONO LODGE SITE THAT BURNED DOWN SOME TIME AGO LOCATED BETWEEN SOUTH DERBIGNY ST. AND S. CLAIBORNE AVENUE ON TULANE AVE. SHE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS WHITE MALE STANDING NEAR THE CLAIBORNE SIDE ENTRANCE AND SHE DECIDED TO ENTER ON THE OTHER SIDE. AS SHE GOT NEAR HER CAR THE SUBJECT APPROACHED HER FROM THE REAR AND TOOK HER CAR KEYS. SHE SEPARATED FROM HIM, HE DEMANDED HER PHONE, AND SHE GAVE IT TO HIM. HE TOOK HER CAR AND SHE EXITED THE LOT . HER FRIEND OVERHEARD THE ENCOUNTER ON THE PHONE, AND SHE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED TUHSC POLICE. THE VICTIM WAS LOCATED SHORTLY AFTER THE CALL, BUT THE SUBJECT HAD DEPARTED THE AREA WITH HER VEHICLE AND THE CONTENTS.

THE SUBJECT WAS DESCRIBED AS: WHITE MALE, 6'0” APPROXIMATELY 200 LBS. HE WAS WEARING A BLACK T-SHIRT, KAHKI CARGO SHORTS AND BLACK TENNIS SHOES. THE SUBJECT HAD GREY HAIR AND GOATEE

VEHICLE STOLEN: SILVER 2008 HONDA CIVIC WITH A NEW YORK PLATE AND AN “OBAMA/BIDEN” STICKER AT THE REAR.

OFFICERS RETURNED TO THE AREA IN SEARCH OF POSSIBLE WITNESSES. CHARITY NURSING SCHOOL STUDENTS RETURNING TO THEIR VEHICLES REPORTED THAT THEY HAD BEEN INFORMED THAT THERE WAS FREE PARKING THERE. AS INDICATED BY THE LOSS OF MUCH PROPERTY - AND THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY IN THIS CASE – IT IS POTENTIALLY EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE TO PARK IN THIS AREA. PRESENTLY, THERE ARE INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVES AS THERE ARE PARKING LOTS CHARGING $2 FOR DAILY PARKING WITHIN THE CAMPUS PEDESTRIAN PATROLLED PATHWAYS BETWEEN TUHSC BUILDINGS.

Please report all incidents or suspicious activity as soon as safety permits. Remember to travel in numbers whenever possible, utilize crosswalks, park in well lit and populated areas, and to use the TUHSC Police 24-hours Safety Escort Service. Stop by our staffed post or call 988-5531 for information and safety brochures. In case of EMERGENCY call 988-5555 or 55555 if on campus, and 911 when off-campus.

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