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Three students arrested

Loyola press release - October 4, 2007

In the early morning of October 4, 2007, three Loyola University students were arrested by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for, in several incidents, demanding money from pedestrians in the Uptown university area.

According to the Loyola University Police report, a weapon was used in committing the crimes; however, the weapon was allegedly a cap gun.

According to NOPD, students Mohamed Diakite, Chukwuemeka Anigbo, and John A. White were taken to central lockup overnight and are facing the same charges as if the attempted robbery had been with a traditional firearm.

Loyola University New Orleans President, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. stated, “Of course, the university is taking this incident very seriously, regardless of whatever circumstances are in this matter. Loyola does not approve of or allow our students to endanger themselves or others. Our responsibility is to the safety of our university community and our neighbors. We work closely with area law enforcement and the Loyola University police were involved immediately.”

Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D., said that the students have been suspended for seven days and barred from campus since their arrest. Following suspension, they will face a normal judiciary hearing by the University Board of Review, which will determine final sanctions that could involve further disciplinary suspension for a year or expulsion.

“The students, faculty, and staff of our college are at once shocked and outraged, and very relieved and very grateful that no one was hurt,” said Petty.

Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.