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Updated: 06/30/2013 8:37 AM
Created: 06/28/2013 4:42 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Mpls. Police Investigate 2 Stranger Rapes


Photo: MGN Online

Minneapolis police are investigating two reported stranger rapes in south Minneapolis.

Both incidents occurred around 2 a.m. in public areas, police said. The suspect approached the women while they were walking alone. Suspect descriptions in both cases are limited.

Details of the incidents include:

  • 2:20 a.m. June 24 in the area of Franklin Avenue West and Lyndale Avenue South. A woman was walking down an alley when the suspect approached her, attempted small talk, then dragged her to a grassy area and sexually assaulted her. The woman said the suspect had a gun and threatened to kill her. The man was described as black, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and average build.
  • 2:07 a.m. June 26 in the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue South. A woman was walking home alone through the park when she heard someone attempting to get her attention. She tried to ignore the man, but she was grabbed and dragged to an area where she was sexually assaulted.

Here are some tips to prevent attacks:

  • Avoid walking alone at night, particularly in isolated or dark areas.
  • Limit alcohol consumption while out.
  • If you arrive as a group, leave as a group; don't leave someone behind.
  • Ensure everyone is able to get home safely before splitting up.
  • Trust your instincts and stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Carry your car or house keys in your hand when outside.
  • If you hear unexpected or suspicious activity outside, look and see if someone needs help or needs you to call 911 for them.

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