Authorities now say there were two sexual assaults in the Twin Cities over the weekend in which women were attacked by a man impersonating a police officer.
Police in Fridley said Monday that a woman walking alone on Saturday afternoon was approached by a man in an SUV who identified himself as an officer, FOX 9 reports. Police tell the station the victim was then kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and released in a case they say is strikingly similar to one reported Sunday by a University of Minnesota student.
U of M police issued a crime alert after that incident, which occurred at about 2:15 a.m. A professed officer - whose physical description and SUV match those in the Fridley case - reportedly warned the victim about the dangers of a woman walking alone and offered her a ride.
U of M police initially reported the man claimed to be a police officer. But the Star Tribune says Minneapolis police later clarified that while the man wore a badge on his jacket and implied he was a security officer, he may not have said so directly.
Police tell FOX all officers, whether uniformed or plain clothes, carry badges and ID credentials which they must show upon request.