Police offer safety tips following two reports of rape

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.