Three Attacks in St. Paul Involving a Stun Gun

“She screamed during this attack causing the suspects to become startled and flee the area."

Edgar Linares
May 17, 2018 - 8:26 pm

By Edgar Linares

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A rash of attacks involving a stun gun has St. Paul Police warning the public to be cautious.

“We want to make everybody aware of this, for anybody who was walking, biking or running in these areas. So they can keep them self safe, while our investigators are working to figure out who’s responsible for these crimes,” said St. Paul Police Sgt. Mike Ernster.

The first attack happened Saturday May 12, around 9:00 PM. A 61-year-old man was on Lexington Parkway and Montana Avenue when a group of males approached him. Police say they knocked him to the ground, punched and kicked him and used a stun gun. The men fled after a Good Samaritan stopped to help. The man lost his keys in the incident.

The next two attacks happened on Monday May 14, only 40 minutes apart.

At 8:30 PM, a driver knocked a 23-year-old man off his bicycle in a green car near the 1500 block of Mississippi St.

“Two suspects exited that vehicle, approached him and began to assault him,” said Sgt. Ernster.  The men made off with his cellphone.

Then at 9:10 PM, on the 1400 block of Como Avenue a 23-year-old woman was running when two men with a stun gun attacked her.

“She screamed during this attack causing the suspects to become startled and flee the area. She did not lose anything,” said Ernster.

St. Paul Police say the victims could not give a clear description of the people involved because the attackers were wearing masks or had hoodies pulled tight around their face.

Now, St. Paul Police plan to increase patrols in the areas where the crimes occurred. Ernster said you could expect to see officers on bikes and horseback, as well as more patrol cars.

Police are warning the public to be safe, especially at night.

“Walk or run with a companion, try to avoid areas that are not well lit after dark,” said Ernster.  Ernster says he would consider these attacks as “aggravated assault”, a felony offense.