NEW ORLEANS – Two St. Augustine High School students were robbed at gunpoint in their vehicles in the school’s parking lot.
According to NOPD, the robberies happened about 6:30 Wednesday morning, when the students were sitting in the parking lot in separate vehicles.
Two unknown black males armed with a gun approached the first student, opened his car door and demanded money. The victim gave the suspects cash and a phone.
The two males then approached the second student sitting in another vehicle and demanded his property. The victim gave them his wallet. The suspects removed the cash and returned the wallet.
The two suspects fled on foot, taking a right turn onto Law Street.
The two students were not injured.
St. Augustine High School officials released the following statement in response to the armed robberies:
The safety and security of our students is our top priority.
The administrative team takes this situation very seriously and additional precautions, such as added security officers, are in place to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff. We will also continue to work with the police department as their investigation continues. Further, we have noticed that the New Orleans Police Department increased patrols in our area.
We are constantly evaluating our security procedures and physical protection systems, which include lighting, cameras, locks, and campus access. School staff routinely informs and reinforces security measures of the facilities for the safety of all students, staff, and visitors.