Two stranger rapes have been reported to Minneapolis Police in the city’s 5th Precinct.
In both cases, the rapes occurred around 2 a.m. in public areas while the victim was walking alone, according to police.
In the first incident on June 24, a woman reported being dragged to a grassy area near Franklin & Lyndale by a black male with a gun around 2:20 a.m. The man threatened to kill her during the sexual assault, according to police. He was described as 5 foot 3 to 5 foot 7 with a medium build.
In the second incident on June 26, a woman was sexually assaulted by a black male with a medium build at 2:07 a.m. near the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue South.
Police offered the following safety tips following the reports of stranger rapes:
— Avoid walking alone at night, particularly in dark and isolated areas.
— Limit alcohol consumption while out.
— If you arrive in a group, leave as a group.
— Ensure everyone is able to get home safely in your group before heading home.
— Trust your instincts and stay alert to surroundings.
— Carry car or house keys in your hand when outside.
— If you hear or see suspicious activity, look if someone needs help and call 911.