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Robbers use stun gun, revolver to target cyclists on Midtown Greenway

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Cyclists on a popular bikeway through Minneapolis are being targeted after three late-night robberies in just four days.

The Star Tribune reports that robbers have threatened bikers with a stun gun, a revolver and a knife in incidents on the Midtown Greenway between Chicago and Cedar avenues on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday night.

The offenders stole backpacks, cellphones and money from their victims, the newspaper notes, and are believed to be using the 18th Avenue ramp to access the greenway.

The issue has been highlighted on the Facebook page of the Midtown Greenway Coalition – a group that organizes unarmed safety patrols along the bikeway.

It says the robberies were carried out by groups of two to three young men, who push over bikers riding alone before stealing their possessions. All the incidents have happened at around 11 p.m.

The group said it has alerted its watch volunteers and is hoping to increase patrols along the greenway. The group also told the Star Tribune that bicyclists who spot groups of people under bridges shouldn't "power through them," but should turn around and call 911.

Anyone with information about the robberies should call Minneapolis police Sgt. Ker Yang at 612-673-3856.

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