LANGLEY PARK, Md. - Prince George's County police want to hear from anyone who may have encountered security guard accused of impersonating a police officer. Investigators say 36-year-old Michael Bell allegedly raped a man while pretending to be an officer, and evidence found inside the car Bell was driving indicates there could be more victims.
The Prince George’s County Police Department said Bell allegedly stopped a man in Langley Park near the intersection of Riggs Road and University Boulevard at about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday and asked for his identification. They say Bell flashed a badge at the victim, who was described as a young Hispanic male, and began patting him down, according to authorities.
According to police, Bell told the victim he was in a dangerous area and offered to give him a ride, putting the victim in the back of his black 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and drove him to a secluded area in the 2100 block of Guilford Road. Once there, police say Bell made the victim perform sexual acts, and raped him in the backseat.
The victim was able to escape and took a picture of Bell’s license plate as he drove off, which helped police track him down. Based on evidence collected from Bell's vehicle, officials said they were worried Bell had done this before.
"We have been able to execute search warrants. We have gotten some evidence that makes us very concerned about the potential of other victims. 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,” Jennifer Donelan with the Prince George's County Police Department explained.
Bell has been charged with first-degree rape, second-degree assault, impersonating a police officer and more. Police released a photo of the vehicle he was driving, and the badge he showed he victim in this case. It reads "Special Agent" and indicates he is a Sargeant with the "Community Patrol Agency."
Police are asking anyone who interacted with Bell while he was pretending to be an officer to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (301) 772-4908.