At about 7:20 Wednesday night, UL Police responded to a report of a loud noise at Legacy Park Apartments, 210 Girard Park Circle. When officers arrived, witnesses reported hearing a loud noise coming from one of the apartments. They also stated that two people then left the apartment and the area.
It was later determined that the occupants of that apartment were playing with what was believed to be an M80 firework when it went off. One of them sustained a hand injury and was transported by a friend to a local hospital.
During a follow-up investigation, police learned that there could be another M80-type firework inside the apartment. As a precautionary measure, the building was partially evacuated this morning while UL Police searched the apartment. A second M80-type firework was located and removed.
According to University Police, Legacy Park residents were never in imminent danger. The partial evacuation was conducted only as a precaution.
An investigation into the incident is continuing.
UPDATE: 4:24 p.m. Person was not located in area – All clear at 1624. The ULPD has issued an all clear for campus. Police are providing extra patrols as a precaution.
4:15 p.m. CST: Black male light blue shirt, dark pants with gun in waist band seen in Student Union Residence Hall area. Officers on scene.
Crime Alert: Armed Robbery
On Sept. 25, 2016, at approximately 3:44 a.m., officers were called to Cajun Village apartments in reference to an armed robbery that occurred earlier in the night. The complainant advised that he was sitting in a friend’s vehicle with two friends on South Campus Drive when one black male wearing a ski mask and an unknown male also wearing a ski mask approached the three victims while they were exiting the vehicle. The two suspects demanded money and the victims’ cell phones. Both suspects were wearing long shirts and long pants, dark in color. One black male suspect was said to possess a black semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect was said to have an unknown type of firearm. The two subjects were last seen fleeing on foot through Cajun Village toward Legacy Park.
This information is being provided in an effort to comply with the federal Jeanne Clery Act.
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