P.G. officers charged after confrontation with teens

Two Prince George’s County police officers face kidnapping, assault and other charges related to a confrontation they had with three teenagers over Memorial Day weekend in Charles County, police and prosecutors said Thursday.

Christopher Michael Perry, 27, of Waldorf, and Michael Rowe, 26, of Upper Marlboro, were indicted last week in Charles County Circuit Court on multiple charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, second degree-assault and misconduct in office. The two were off-duty and in plain clothes at a Memorial Day weekend party in Charles County when the incident occurred, Prince George’s County Assistant Police Chief Lt. Col. Kevin Davis said.

“They had an occasion to confront three juveniles. There was some type of detention that took place when they confronted these juveniles,” Lt. Col. Davis said. “From that the Office of the Sheriff in Charles County was contacted. Through the course of their investigation they determined that several crimes took place during that interaction.”

WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported earlier this month that officers handcuffed two of the teens and drove one of them around in the back of a marked police cruiser in order to teach them a lesson.

The two officers, who are patrol officers in District 2, have been placed on administrative duty. A departmental hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine if the officers will be suspended from duty without pay.

Officers in Maryland are allowed to take official police action outside of their jurisdiction but must report whatever action is taken to local officials, Lt. Col. Davis said. Neither officer contacted the Charles County Sheriff to report that they had taken any official action.

Online Charles County court records did not list an attorney as representing either officer, and neither of the men could be reached by phone Thursday.

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