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Students report sexual battery, “suspicious” man in Audubon Park

Loyola students reported off- campus incidents of suspicious circumstance and sexual battery that took place at Audubon park and happened Sunday and Monday. Audubon Park is across St. Charles Ave. from the university. Photo credit: Michael Bauer

Gabriella Killett

September 1, 2020

University police received two reports of an unidentified man approaching groups of Loyola students, all women, in Audubon Park late at night and, in one instance, committing sexual battery. The incidents occurred Aug. 30 and 31 between 10 and 11 p.m. and it is unclear whether it was the same man...

Tulane basketball’s Hightower charged with murder

Brendan Heffernan

April 26, 2020

Tulane basketball player Teshaun Hightower has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with an April 8 homicide in Stockbridge, Georgia, according to ESPN. Hightower is being charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, possesion of a firearm during the commission of a felony and battery....

University police on lookout for student, stolen gun

Javonne Williams is a person of interest in this incident, according to LUPD. If you see her, please contact LUPD at 504-865-3434.

Erin Snodgrass

March 4, 2020

Loyola police are on the lookout for a Loyola student who they say is a person of interest in an on-campus incident involving a stolen handgun. According to an email sent by university police on Wednesday evening, a student reported that her car keys and a permitted handgun stored in her car had been...

NOPD arrests suspect in shooting death near Bruno’s, TJ Quills

NOPD arrests suspect in shooting death near Bruno's, TJ Quills

Rose Wagner

January 29, 2020

New Orleans police officers arrested a 21-year-old yesterday in connection with the shooting and death of a 20-year-old near the corner of Maple Street and several popular college bars earlier this month. Alec Billiot was booked on one count of second-degree murder and five counts of attempted second-degree m...

Loyola student arrested in connection with sexual battery released on bond

New Orleans Police arrested Carlos Pena Cifuentes on Sept. 21, 2019, in investigation of a sexual battery that occurred at The Boot Bar and Grill.

September 21, 2019

**SEPT. 23 UPDATE: The Loyola exchange student arrested Saturday in connection with the most recent sexual battery at The Boot Bar and Grill, is out on bond. Carlos Pena Cifuentes, 21, posted $3,500 bail after his first hearing at Magistrate Court on Sunday, Sept. 22. Cifuentes, was arrested Saturd...

Loyola police chief says of recent Boot assaults, “we’re dealing with predators”

A police car sits on Broadway Street outside The Boot Bar & Grill on Sept. 6. The recent reports of sexual assaults linked to the Uptown bar have led to an increase police presence in the area.

Emma Ruby, News Editor

September 6, 2019

**Sept. 7 update: Other media outlets have reported that the two students who reported similar off-campus sexual assaults were both Loyola students. reported Friday night that university officials had confirmed both reports were made by Loyola students. Director of University Police Todd Warr...

Tulane officers shoot at indecent exposure suspect on campus

An emergency pole stands on Tulane's campus. Tulane police officers opened fire today on a former contract employee wanted for indecent exposure and trespassing. Photo credit: Rae Walberg

Erin Snodgrass

September 6, 2019

Tulane police officers opened fire today on a former contract employee wanted for indecent exposure and trespassing, after spotting him on campus around 1:30 p.m., according to a Tulane University Police Department press release. Following the shooting, the subject is now in custody. A New Orleans...

Second off-campus sexual assault reported

Erin Snodgrass

September 5, 2019

For the second time in two weeks, the Loyola University Police Department is warning students to be on the lookout after an off-campus sexual assault occurred early in the morning on Thursday, Sept. 5. The details of the crime are remarkably similar to an Aug. 24 assault that was also initiated at Th...

University police issue crime alert for off campus sexual assault

Erin Snodgrass

August 27, 2019

Loyola police are warning the community to be cautious after an off-campus sexual assault occurred on Saturday, Aug. 24. According to an email sent to students by Director of University Police Todd Warren, the victim was approached at the Boot Bar and Grill by an unknown male subject claiming to be a ...

The POM aims to enhance student safety

A student holds the POM at Peace of Mind Company’s table in the Danna Center during Wolf Pack Welcome. The POM is a key fob security device designed to put students in touch with emergency responders. Photo credit: Cristian Orellana

Rose Wagner

August 23, 2018

As a new round of freshmen ran around Monroe Library for a scavenger hunt, ate free sno-balls and eagerly met their classmates, Peace of Mind Company tabled in the Danna Center selling the POM, a security device for the scarier side of campus life. The POM is a key fob device that can act as an emergency...

Mayor: Violent crime is down in New Orleans

An NOPD car sits in a New Orleans neighborhood. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a recent press conference that violent crime in New Orleans has decreased. Photo credit: John Casey

Daniel Williams

January 19, 2018

Violent crimes and homicides in New Orleans have been reduced due to efforts of the crime control initiative NOLA for Life, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a press conference on Jan. 4. From 2016 to 2017, the city's murder rate dropped 10 percent. Landrieu cited this along with a 19 percent drop in armed...

Police: bike thefts “the biggest thing right now happening on campus”

Mairead Cahill

September 20, 2017

A spike in Uptown bicycle thefts have some Loyola students concerned about security on campus as the New Orleans Police Department described the issue as a “major problem.” In the weekly Second District NOPD MAX meeting, a district informational discussion, on Sept. 5, officials discussed the...

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