MPD sends out alert after two stranger rapes reported this week in Whittier area

MPD sends out alert after two stranger rapes reported this week in Whittier area

The Minneapolis Police Department sent out a crime alert following two reported stranger rapes in south Minneapolis this week.

In both cases, the suspect is described as a black male with medium build. One of the victims said the suspect was short. Both incidents occurred around 2 a.m., and both happened while the female victims were walking alone.

Here's what the MPD had to say about the location and circumstances of each of the incidents:

-- June 24th at 2:20am in the area of Franklin Ave. W & Lyndale Ave S. 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. The victim reported that the suspect had a gun and threatened to kill her. Suspect described as a black male, 5'3"-5'7", average build. CCN 13-200046

-- June 26th at 2:07am in the 2800 block of Stevens Ave. S. 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. Suspect described as black male, medium build. CCN 13-203949

In the crime alert, the MPD recommends trying to avoid walking alone at night, especially in dark areas; staying sober enough to remain alert about your surroundings; and carrying  your keys in your hand in case you need them to fend off a suspect or quickly hop into your car or residence.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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