LSU students concerned about their safety after overnight armed robberies

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:05pm

LSU Police are investigating a string of armed robberies. All three happened last night on and near campus, and police are actively searching for a couple of suspects tonight.

So, what does this mean for students?

Morgan Hurst lives on LSU's campus. She has to walk to get to where she needs to go, but after these latest armed robberies, she's re-thinking her routine.

"Usually, I feel very safe going around campus, but it definitely makes me take a second guess on how I'm going to go around," Hurst said. "Well, I woke up this morning to some text messages and emails, and I saw that there were like three of them. So, it kind of made me feel uncomfortable."

"My first thought was like 'how much is this going to happen? Is this really a frequent thing?,'" LSU student Jessica Schlorke added.

"Our officers responded out there and spoke to the victim," PIO of LSU Police Cory Lalonde said. "The victim advised that they were walking on Highland. They were approached on-foot by the suspect who the victim described as a black male, 6'3" wearing a gray hoodie and khaki pants."

Then Baton Rouge Police got a call reporting an armed robbery near State Street just off campus, where the suspects got away with a cell phone and two wallets.

After that, Hart Lot was where the third incident occurred. Lalonde clarified that these things happen, but here's how students can stay safe.

"Number one, being aware of your surroundings, being alert to your surroundings, avoid walking alone on campus at night," Lalonde said. "We highly recommend either they use the campus transit buses or other public transportation that's available."

"You should never go by yourself if it's dark outside," Schlorke said. "If you can, walk with friends or your guy friends or whatever. It's just better to be with more people I think than just by yourself."

Lalonde's last word of advice for students, trust your instincts.

"If it doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. If it's one of those situations where it makes the hair on the back on your neck stand up, it's probably a sign that something is not right," Lalonde said.

LSUPD said the suspects got away in a small four-door white car. The robberies are still under investigation.

If you know anymore about these robberies, call Crime Stoppers 225-344-STOP.

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