MINNEAPOLIS - In two days, two women have been sexually assaulted by a man impersonating an officer.
The first happened on Saturday afternoon in Fridley, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. They said that a woman was walking to her car in the 6400 block of 5th Street Northeast when a man in a dark SUV approached her and said he was a police officer. He then kidnapped her and assaulted her, deputies said.
Authorities are also investigating a similar incident that occurred on Sunday near the University of Minnesota.
According to a crime alert issued by the U of M, a student was walking home alone when a man, who wore a dark jacket with a badge, offered her a ride home. After the victim got inside the car, the suspect locked the doors and took her to a remote location and assaulted her, authorities said.
The suspect is described as a black man between the ages of 23 and 27 years old with short hair and a trimmed beard.
Authorities believe the two incidents are most likely related.
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