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

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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.

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laxx1559
laxx1559

Be CAREFUL ladies!  There are (obviously) shitty men out there that are waiting for the chance to commit crimes like these.  Another reminder to take precautions.  I see drunken women walking home alone after bar close on weekends ALL the time.

minnesotajen
minnesotajen

Oh, man. I would just love, just once to read comments on a story like this that trend toward "guys, please don't rape women", as opposed to "women, don't make it so easy for guys to rape you." Men are theoretically responsible human beings, not rapey robots. Maybe the blame could be directed at the perp and not the victim? Too radical? OK.

Yeti
Yeti

Here's a thought: It's possible to get assaulted and raped while still taking every reasonable precaution to protect your personal safety.

YES, please be careful.  But if your job, social life, or living situation places you on the same block as a rapist looking for a victim, there's only so much you can do.  Functionally and practically, the victim cannot be responsible for preventing assaults.

I would also ask everyone commenting to be aware of how they are imagining these particular victims.  I don't know anything except what's printed here, and probably neither do you.  In your imagination, were they drunk?  Sober?  Aware?  Texting?  Wearing 'provocative cloths'?  You don't know.  They may have been completely sober, hyperaware (because walking down dark streets at night puts their hair on end, like it does mine), and carrying mace, for all we know - and they still got raped.  And even if that wasn't the case here, I promise someone matching that description has been assaulted in the past month.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

wow..seems women should just be more careful

AndersAndersson
AndersAndersson

"These types of neighborhood?" Clearly suburbanites spouting their empty soapbox.  Whittier is by far more gentrified and wealthy than a slummy middle class cul-da-sec in Plymouth.  And just this year more choppy-chop murders have happened in richy-rich Lake Minnetonka cities.  So I'd be more afraid of "those types" of suburbs than "these types" of neighborhoods anyday.

Mitch Burud
Mitch Burud

Because this is a free country, and bar close is 2am...

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

why are women out walking at 2 in the morning? ladies get a grip..its dangerous as hell out there

Tessa Lynn
Tessa Lynn

This is unsettling! Thanks for the warning, I live right there and never got an "alert"

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I spent a lot of time in that neighborhood in the late '80s/early '90s. Cheap housing for the most part, and very accessible to bus lines.  But it can be sketchy and dangerous.  People gravitate to such areas for a variety of reasons, some quite nefarious.

 Stranger rapes are very uncommon, and that's a scary development.  There's a bad guy on the loose in that neighborhood.  Forewarned is forearmed.  I hope they catch this guy soon.  It sounds like it may indeed be the same guy.  I'm glad MPD is putting out an alert.  There have been times in the past when they haven't been so forthcoming, in the interest of not alarming people; but in reality exposing people to continued danger.

wahwah
wahwah

On a possibly related note…the other day i was riding my bike down lyndale. Just past the lyndale franklin intersection a homeless man (or a man who looked homeless) was following a middle aged woman saying "hey baby, just stop for a second, hey baby…" She definitely did not know him. Then, as i cross through the intersection, he jumped in front of a female cyclist going the other way and ran along side her. Same schtik i assume. He was black, had about an inch high afro, about 5foot7, wearing a black t-shirt and tan pants. I called the cops and reported it as everyone should do when encountering aggressive panhandlers. 

kennyX
kennyX

Well, gee......Maybe walking alone in these types of neighborhoods at 2 in the morning PROBABLY isn't the brightest of ideas?

srsly
srsly

@minnesotajen don't rape women you guys. there, feel better? next time you're walking down a dark alley late at night and get raped, i hope it helps. 

srsly
srsly

@Yeti What we know, genius, is that they we walking down an alley, away from street view, in the early morning hours, where few if any people would be around to witness, stop, or report an attack. These are the facts. No "Imagining" required. That being the case, saying STAY THE FUCK OUT OF DARK ALLEYS sounds like good advice. In other words, use some common sense. 

srsly
srsly

@AndersAndersson The area where this happened is a shithole filled with renters, bums and halfway houses. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Randall G Baxter Why out walking at 2 in the morning?  Why does anybody do anything anywhere at any time?  Coming home from work would do it.  Anybody who works in a bar or restaurant would be coming home around that time.  Or a hospital, or lots of places.  There are thousands of people living within a couple blocks of these spots, and since rents are low (for the city in general) there, and the area is convenient to everything, probably a lot of service industry younger adults living there.

The area is a little sketchy, but "dangerous as hell" is taking it a bit far.  When there isn't an armed predator working the area, the biggest danger is somebody asking for change, or catcalling women, "Hey, Baby, come here!" and then when the woman walks by, "Bitch."  Annoying, but not dangerous.  Fact is, in that area at 2:00 AM there are hundreds of people coming and going and nobody gets hurt.  That's why it's news when 2 people are attacked in that neighborhood at that time.  If it were common, it wouldn't be news.

The issue is to find and eliminate the rapist.  In the meantime, it would be good to be more alert than usual; try not to travel alone if possible; stick to main paths, maintain an extra perimeter of awareness, etc.  But that can only get you so far.  The issue is the predator, and even for a semi-sketchy neighborhood, this is quite unusual.

srsly
srsly

@Tessa Lynn That is because you, like so many other minneapolites, are a sheep. the city sends out quite a few of these alerts, pull your head out of the sand and sign up for them. 

wahwah
wahwah

@swmnguy That corner has gone downhill this summer. A lot of aggressive bums. I'm telling you it was the guy I saw the other day. Balc guy. 5foot7, small fro (more like he just needed a hircut than a hairstyle) wearing a black tshirt and tan khakis. He was with a middle aged white guy with a grey golf shirt. 

kennyX
kennyX

@swmnguy Well, and the fact that this guy is also armed probably had a lot to do with it.

wahwah
wahwah

@Eric Lee Vincent Right near Mortimers and Rudolphs. Because nothing bad ever happens over there late at night around bar close. 


dave872
dave872

@kennyX "these types of neighborhoods" ?? the neighborhood isn't a ghetto slum that we should live in fear of even after 2am. Sure, its safer to walk around during the day but don't feel so high and mighty like you found the cure to prevent rape. I'm sure a woman you care about has found herself walking at 2am at least once.

mcdou092
mcdou092

Just the fact that this response is still happening in 2013 is the answer to the question why feminism is still relevant. No woman should need parameters on when and where she can walk somewhere alone. Let's talk about rape culture before we discuss our curfew.

frankencutey
frankencutey

Blaming the victims is not the correct response.

minnesotajen
minnesotajen

@srsly @minnesotajen What would help would not to be re-victimized by everyone coming out and telling me it was my own slutty fault. That would help. ;-)

motherskingred
motherskingred

U sound really stupid. Know it or not they are moving everywher. You might be one. WATCH OUT LADIES FOR REAL.

kennyX
kennyX

@swmnguy Well, hopefully (or should I say, most likely) the perp has prior convictions and the cops have his fingerprints and DNA. I'm sure we'll hear about him being arrested in the next few days. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@wahwah  Scary.  I haven't been around there much for a long time.  I did a lot of work installing the equipment in the Theatre Garage about 25 years ago, and lived nearby, and would close Mort's from time to time, or Lyle's, and walk through there late.  Often get accosted, but rarely anything remotely scary.  This does sound different.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@kennyX  Again, though the neighborhood has had its sketchy aspects for at least 25 years that I know of, that's really rare.

Ozuc
Ozuc

@mcdou092 It's not rape though, it's basic safety.  When in a neighborhood that you know isn't the safest, you should have a reasonable concern that walking around at 2am, alone, is a safety risk.  Whether that concern is rape, robbery, assault, or any other type of harassment is not relevant to the fact that if you want to avoid crime, you need to be smart.  I have been in more than one situation where my safety has been compromised late at night.  What helped me was not that I am a man, but that I was with another person and being deliberate about ignoring the individual and removing myself quickly from a situation that did not seem safe.  You are the one making this a feminism issue.  The problem is not that a "woman should need parameters on when and where she can walk somewhere alone," but that as reasonable people we should recognize that EVERYONE needs to be mindful of crime and the best ways to minimize risk.  Walking with someone is one of the most effective ways to do that. 

wahwah
wahwah

@mcdou092 Even men would be warned not to walk in these areas at night. Jesus christ, take responsibility for your own safety, people. The world is a dangerous place, pull your heads out of your asses. 

kennyX
kennyX

@mcdou092 Yep....discussing rape culture ahead of personal safety most likely would have prevented these rapes. *eye roll*

opheliac9
opheliac9

@wahwah "I would venture to guess that statistically the lower your IQ, them greater your odds of being raped."

Are you kidding me?! Do you realize that 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted?

wahwah
wahwah

@chrisfl @wahwah @barbertj23 @mcdou092 No, they definitely shouldn't. And somewhere, like maybe fantasyland, there aren't. Nut there are obviously rapists here in Minneapolis, which really isn't that much of a surprise, so watch your fucking back, especially if you're going to go walking through dark alleys late at night. Seems like common sense, but some people are fucking morons. I would venture to guess that statistically the lower your IQ, them greater your odds of being raped. 

kennyX
kennyX

@chrisfl @wahwah @barbertj23 @mcdou092

"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."

chrisfl
chrisfl

@wahwah@barbertj23@mcdou092 Yes, it is blaming her.

It's not that women shouldn't be in a certain place. The response of someone who isn't a fucking scumbag is that rapists should not be anywhere.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@barbertj23  Actually, Kenny (or keny, or whichever persona he's using today) is in fact the sanctioned clickbait troll on this website.  Every "My Voice Nation" site has at least one.  They have an arrangement with the site to stir up controversy, which increases clicks and page views, and helps the site keep ad revenues coming in.  

If you choose to engage and argue, that's up to you.  But be aware you aren't arguing with a fellow-member of the community; you're being more or less put on for the benefit of the site.

wahwah
wahwah

@kennyX @barbertj23 Yes, by all means, take a stroll through the alleys around franklin and lyndale around bartime. 

floamdaddy
floamdaddy

@barbertj23 @kennyX @wahwah

Who is telling anyone they deserved it??? You're all warped, you can't even see it from an unbiased perspective anymore. It's simply stating that we live in a world where we need to watch the fuck out and do what we can to prevent nasty shit from happening, just like when we're driving a car and and just like screening passengers at the airport. It's sad that we live in that world, but we do. It's definitely not making it anyone's fault but the perpetrators.

wahwah
wahwah

@barbertj23 @wahwah @kennyX If people weren't so easy to victimize there wouldn't be any victims, that's all. And care a little more about yourself, don't put yourself at risk. You see what happens when you do. Let this incident be a reminder to everyone that this town isn't a  safe city and you have to watch your back, otherwise you may become a victim. It happens. Are you to blame for being raped? Is it your fault? No, but there is such a thing as making it easier for predators to prey on you. 

kennyX
kennyX

@barbertj23 OK, sweetie. I have an idea. Go take a walk all by yourself on Penn Ave. in North Minneapolis tonight at 2 am. Then report back to us tomorrow on how how it all went.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@kennyX @barbertj23 @wahwah 

Oh KennyX I get it, it's ok, you're not really a bottom feeding waste on society, you were just trolling, it's ok

stevie_g27
stevie_g27

@kennyX @wahwah 

What an overwhelming open minded statement you have made there.

When dealing with a rape, the rapist is always responsible, never the victim. I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE.



P.S. I spent a lot of time campaigning for McCain in 2008--stop generalizing. 

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@kennyX @wahwah 

You don't know jack about how I vote or think. 

But I know you could look a rape victim right in the eyes and tell her she deserved it.

kennyX
kennyX

@wahwah You're dealing with the mentally Libtarded. Don't bother arguing with them. They are always right because they said so.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@wahwah @barbertj23 @mcdou092 

Don't backtrack, you know exactly what you meant and you're context is completely clear. This isn't a case of someone skydiving without a parachute, this is someone walking around by where they live, and you went right for them.

Be an adult and at least admit it.

wahwah
wahwah

@barbertj23 @wahwah @mcdou092 who is blaming her? Where do you get that anyone is blaming her? Saying stay away from sketchy areas is hardly blaming anyone. Wow, aren't you a self righteous douche. 

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

It takes a true piece of scum to immediately blame a rape victim. You should be so unbelievably embarrassed and ashamed of yourselves for even thinking that you're diluted sense of personal safety even kind of matters in this situation. 

Lyndale and Franklin is a busy intersection every hour of the night, people work at the bars and live within a few blocks of their job. There are people out on every block at any given hour and street lights every so many feet. AND YET for someone to walk around in that situation,you PATHETICALLY think they were asking for it. You make me sick in every way, you don't know the story around why the woman was walking around, you don't know jack about where she was, BUT YOU IMMEDIATELY BLAMED HER YOU WORTHLESS PIECE OF GARBAGE.


stevie_g27
stevie_g27

@wahwah @kennyX 

So clearly these women should be punished for walking by themselves, not the rapist for doing the raping?

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