By Kate Raddatz

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police in Minneapolis are investigating sexual assaults of two women in separate attacks this week.

Authorities don’t know if it’s the same suspect for both rapes, but are sure that it’s a stranger who’s attacking.

On Monday, a woman was assaulted near Franklin and Lyndale avenues. On Wednesday a woman was attacked on the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue South.

In both situations, the victim was walking alone.

“Two in one week in that general area is uncommon,” Commander Bruce Folkens said.

The men approached the women around 2 a.m. in public areas. Police said it’s a tough reminder for women to take precautions regardless of where you live.

“Bring friends with you, stay together as a group, make sure everybody gets home safely. Leave as a group and don’t walk in secluded areas by yourself,” Folkens said.

Janice Smith said she trusts the people in her neighborhood, but won’t risk going anywhere alone at night.

“There’s strength in numbers,” she said.

That’s the kind of advice police want to see people heeding.

Police said always carry car keys when walking, and use them as a weapon if necessary.

Also make sure you aren’t texting, or on your phone when you’re out at night if you do have to walk alone.

If you have any tips on the two assaults, call Minneapolis police.


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