LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Prince George’s County Police say a man impersonated a police officer and attempted to kidnap two children.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 7300 block of Landover Road.

Michael Jesse McLong, 25, allegedly approached a 12-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother, telling the children he was a police officer. Police say he then grabbed the girl’s arm and pulled her toward the back of a Landover shopping center.

A driver who was driving by the incident confronted McLong, allowing for the children to run away, authorities say.

An off-duty Cheverly Police officer and a nearby security guard detained McLong until Prince George’s County Police officers arrived.

McLong is facing multiple charges related to the attempted kidnapping. Detectives are investigating the possibility of other victims.

Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to call Prince George’s County Police at 301-772-4911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cellphone, or go to and submit a tip online.


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