Mankato Police say early Sunday morning two men were approached by two suspects who asked to use a cell phone. The victims say when they offered their phone, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a short–barreled shotgun and demanded their phones and wallets.
Recently, a similar incident happened in the city, when a man asked a woman for a cigarette and then attempted to steal her purse. Commander Dan Schisel says it's extremely important to follow your instincts and take the proper precautions.
Cmdr Schisel says, "Just be aware of where those are located and the people around you and kind of go with what your gut tells you in these situations."
He also recommends traveling in groups and well–lit areas late at night.