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Walkers, joggers, bikers targeted in stun gun attacks in St. Paul

Police are advising people to go out with companions when possible.

St. Paul police are investigating three stun gun attacks in the space of two days.

The incidents happened between Saturday and Monday, when groups of masked or hooded male suspects targeted a walker, a jogger and a bicyclist.

Police are now advising people walking, running or biking in the areas where the attacks happened to go out with companions where possible, and only during daylight hours.

The incidents are as follows:

Lexington Parkway and Montana Avenue, 9 p.m. Saturday: A 61-year-old man was out walking when he was approached by several males, who assaulted him with a stun gun, and stole his car and house keys.

1500 block of Mississippi Street on the East Side, 8:30 p.m. Monday: A 23-year-old male bike when suspects drove a vehicle into the back of his bike, knocking him down. They then used a stun gun on him, punched him and took his cellphone.

1400 block of Como Avenue, west of Como Park Zoo, at 9:10 p.m. Monday: A 23-year-old woman was jogging past two male suspects when she was pushed to the ground and assaulted with a stun gun. They ran off when she screamed, taking nothing.

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Police say none of the victims were able to get detailed descriptions of the attackers because of their masks/tightly fitted hoods.

Police are increasing patrols in the areas where the incidents happened, and are advising people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

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