Prince George's County security guard impersonating officer rapes man, police say

- A Prince George’s County security guard is accused of raping a man while impersonating a police officer, according to authorities.

The Prince George’s County Police Department said 36-year-old Michael Bell allegedly stopped a man in Langley Park near the intersection of Riggs Rod and University Boulevard at about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday and asked for his identification.

Bell flashed a badge at the victim, who was described as a young male, and began patting him down, according to authorities. Officials said Bell told the victim he was in a dangerous area and offered to give him a ride.

Bell then put the suspect in his 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and drove him to a secluded area in the 2100 block of Guilford Road where Bell made the victim perform sexual acts and raped him in the backseat, according to police.

The victim was able to escape and took a picture of Bell’s vehicle as he drove off, authorities stated. Based on evidence collected in the case, 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.

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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