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PD: Man impersonating NYPD officer tried to enter Jewish temple in Woodmere

Mikhail Mikhaylov, 29, was allegedly carrying handcuffs, baseball cap and detective shield


A Far Rockaway man was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Monday after allegedly impersonating a police officer at a Woodmere temple.

Mikhail Mikhaylov, 29, is being charged with a misdemeanor offense of criminal impersonation in the second degree.

Mikhaylov apparently parked in a restricted area at Temple Young Israel in Woodmere on Saturday at around 11 a.m.

Upon being approached by a security guard, police say Mikhaylov identified himself as a police officer armed with handcuffs and mace while wearing a blue baseball cap with NYPD lettering. He also allegedly showed the security guard what appeared to be an NYPD detective shield.

Court records say he even had two knives and claimed to have a gun.

When Mikhaylov tried to walk into the temple, the security guard asked him for police identification. He then got in his car and drove away, according to authorities. After an investigation, detectives arrested Mikhaylov at his house in Cedarhurst Sunday afternoon.

Mikhaylov told the judge he works in internet sales but was appointed legal aid for his next court appearance on Aug. 16.

He has no prior arrests and is being held on $2,500 bond or $1,250 cash.

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