MINNEAPOLIS - Police are investigating a pair of stranger rapes this week in south Minneapolis.
Police said both incidents occurred at about 2 a.m. in public areas. In both cases the suspect approached a female victim who was walking alone.
The first incident occurred on Monday in the area of Franklin Avenue West and Lyndale Avenue South. The victim was walking down an alley when the suspect approached her, attempted small talk, then dragged her to a grassy area and sexually assaulted her, police said. The victim reported that the suspect had a gun and threatened to kill her.
The second incident occurred on Wednesday in the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue South. The victim was walking home alone through the park when she heard someone attempting to get her attention. She attempted to ignore the suspect but she was grabbed and dragged to an area where she was sexually assaulted, police said.
In both cases, the description was very minimal.
Police are encouraging resident to avoid walking alone at night, limit alcohol consumption and to arrive and leave as a group.
Anyone that hears or sees anything suspicious is asked to call 911.
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