Police impersonator arrested trying to enter Long Island synagogue
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Police impersonator arrested trying to enter Long Island synagogue

Mikhail Mikhaylov arrived at Temple Young Israel of Woodmere wearing an NYPD baseball cap, badge and was armed with handcuffs, pepper spray

Illustrative: NYPD police officers block a road after an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016. (William Edwards/AFP)
Illustrative: NYPD police officers block a road after an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016. (William Edwards/AFP)

A 28-year-old New York City man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer in order to enter an Orthodox synagogue in a Long Island suburb.

Police arrested Mikhail Mikhaylov of Far Rockaway, Queens, after he entered Temple Young Israel of Woodmere, in the heavily Orthodox Five Towns area, at the end of services on Saturday morning.

News12 reported that Mikhaylov was wearing an NYPD baseball cap and badge and was armed with handcuffs and pepper spray, but when a security guard asked him to show his police identification, he fled the scene.

An attorney representing Mikhaylov said he came to the synagogue to pray.

One of Mikhaylov’s neighbors in Queens told News12 that he was surprised by the events.

“He actually has prayed at my synagogue at times,” the unidentified neighbor said.

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