Upper Marlboro, MD – A Prince George’s County security guard was arrested for impersonating a police officer, and the violent rape of a young Hispanic man.
Authorities said the police impersonator may have committed other rapes in the same manner.
Michael Bell, 36, was arrested on charges of first degree rape, second degree assault, impersonating a police officer, and other offenses.
The incident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 26, about 6:15 a.m. in Langley Park near the intersection of Riggs Road and University Boulevard.
Police said Bell stopped a young man and asked for his identification. He flashed a badge at the victim, and then began patting him down.
Bell told the young man that he was in a dangerous location and offered him a ride, according to WTTG .
He then put the young male in his 2007 Crown Ford Victoria and drove to a secluded area in the 2100 block of Guilford Road.
The young man told police that Bell made him perform sexual acts on him, then raped him in the backseat of his vehicle.
He told police that Bell had a badge hanging around his neck, and that Bell told him he was a police officer, according to WUSA.
The victim was able to escape, and took a picture of Bell’s car and license plate as he drove off. Police were able to locate Bell because of that picture.
He also told police that Bell’s vehicle had some type of lights on it that appeared to resemble the lights on an actual cruiser.
Police think there may be other victims who have not yet come forward.
“We have been able to execute search warrants. We have gotten some evidence that makes us very concerned about the potential of other victims,” said Jennifer Donelan of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
“There was that ID that Bell asked the victim to give to him, demands him upon approaching him, says, ‘Give me your ID’ and then pats him down. We have located other ID of other people [and] we are looking into that now,” Donelan said
She said that at least two other IDs had been found in Bell’s vehicle.
One of Bell’s neighbors, Russette Blake, told WUSA she’d seen Bell pretending to be a police officer.
“He thinks he’s a cop,” Blake said.
She said that he had approached her teen-age daughter as if he were a police officer.
Blake said that she confronted Bell about the incident.
She said on another occasion Bell questioned and asked for the IDs of teenage boys who were visiting her daughter.
Bell had a firearm possession charge in his past criminal history, but the specific charge and details are not known.
Anyone with information about Bell, or who believes they may have been victimized by Bell, was urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (301) 772-4908.
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